NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – There are not that many firsts left for a school that has been playing football for 144 years, but tonight we will see one. This will be the first true night game ever played at the Yale Bowl. The school is hoping for a big crowd.
“You know, it’s a special experience to begin with just to get to play in the bowl,” said junior defensive tackle Nick Crowle. “Now you talk about an historic game, the first night game ever, it’s definitely a very exciting experience.”
Outside in the tailgating area, Nick Crowle’s parents were setting up a tented space, complete with drinks, food and a pumpkin fountain.
“We’re excited,” said Tina Crowle. “Very my son is quite excited too. You know Friday night lights. He’s excited about being a part of history”
News 8 cameras were there last night night as they tested out the lights. There are 4 light towers, parked outside the bowl, shining down over the top of the bowl and on to the field.
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“The towers go 40-50 feet in the air,” said Yale Associate Athletic Director Steve Conn. “They’re on tractor trailer trucks and they set up outside the bowl on the concourse area, about the 35 yard lines.”
Those lights and the game itself, a part of the draw for loyal bulldog fans.
“I love it,” said Art Healey of New Haven. I took the day off from work. I get to come out and eat well.”
A few blocks away, Michealangelo’s restaurant received a special pizza order straight from the stadium.
“Right now, I was just on the phone with one of the coaches, who just got a lot of pizza from us,” said Alysha Villacis, a Michelangelo’s employee. “I get to go deliver it to them, so I’m super excited for that.”
There was concern that the game would bring traffic along route 34 to halt but that wasn’t the case. Traffic was moving smoothly. Wet weather before the game and warnings to avoid potential traffic tie ups may have kept people away.
With thousands expected at this game, Art Healey can tell you nothing will keep him away. He’s says he’s probably missed only one game fifty years.
“My father was a season ticket holder,” said Healey. “I’ve been coming here since I was 5 or 6 years old. We’re Yale fans.”