Boston College football Saturdays weave together a quaint New England atmosphere with a charged fan base of Eagle fanatics. Alumni Stadium rests in Chestnut Hill, just west of the Boston fray. A flurry of gameday activities are wedged in just outside the on-campus stadium. This is an often overlooked venue that deserves much more recognition.

The Eagle Walk provides an introduction to gameday as swaths of tailgaters await the emergence of their team. The football players weave through the tents and grills as they make their way to Alumni Stadium. The Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band blasts “For Boston” as players and fans exchange high fives along the way. The spirit rings through the air like the bells atop Gasson Tower.

The marching band continues its contribution to gameday with a concert near the stadium. Fans gather around to enjoy some favorites and sing along to the fight song. Baldwin, the Eagle mascot, interacts with the Boston College faithful adding more color and pageantry to the pregame festivities.

Eagle fans will also flock to the Flutie statue outside the stadium to admire and snap a picture. Boston College’s famed Heisman winner, Doug Flutie, is legendary around these parts and his statue is an iconic fixture at the stadium. The pose he was molded in symbolizes a legendary moment in Boston College football history when in 1984, the Eagles upset Miami on a Flutie thrown Hail Mary.

Alumni Stadium is a beautifully classic college venue. The folks that fill it are fervent lovers of their Eagles and decorate the seats in maroon and gold. The students are a force as they cheer loudly and sing in unison to songs from “Sweet Caroline” to “Mr. Brightside.” The Chestnut Hill gameday experience portrays how charm and enthusiastic fanaticism magnificently co-exist.

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