College Football 150 | Ivy League / CFB 150 Teaser
PRINCETON, N.J. - In celebration of the League's storied tradition and position at the forefront of college football, the Ivy League will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the sport throughout 2019.
Beginning on June 26 and concluding on regional rivalry weekend on Nov. 23, the Ivy League will celebrate the anniversary with 150 consecutive days of original content, illustrating the League's impact on the sport on a national scale. The year-long campaign will be officially unveiled at tonight's biennial Ivy Football Association Dinner at The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.
"There is no more appropriate time to recognize the storied tradition of Ivy League football than during College Football's 150th anniversary celebration," said Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris. "The Ivy League has positively influenced the game in a multitude of noteworthy ways and we look forward to highlighting the continued impact and on-field achievements of the League throughout the 2019 season."
From the first game—Princeton vs. Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869—the Ivy League and its member institutions have been at the heart of college football. Names like Heisman, Camp, Outland, Bednarik, Campbell and Warner each trace their roots to Ivy League football. Through 149 seasons, the League has accounted for 48 national championships, including at least a share of the first 31.
The Ivy League's impact on the game of football is unrivaled from defining positions, schemes and styles of play to groundbreaking rule changes ranging from the invention of the forward pass to an experimental kickoff rule aimed at curbing concussions.
The League has also been at the forefront of media exposure to the sport, as an Ivy League program was part of not only the first college football game, but also the first college football radio and television broadcasts. Through the years, the League has continued its national media prominence, most recently through its partnership with ESPN that launched in August 2018.
Throughout the 2019 season, the League will also feature in a number of celebratory events including Princeton taking on Dartmouth at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The contest will be the third in a row that an Ivy program has played at a Major League Baseball stadium, including Harvard's 45-27 victory over Yale at Fenway Park in 2018.
The conference's campaign will run concurrently with national sesquicentennial celebrations by CFB150 and ESPN, in which the Ivy League will be prominently featured.