NEW YORK—The Columbia Football Team returns to the Columbia University South Lawn for a final walk through this afternoon at 5 p.m. Kickoff for Columbia’s 73rd annual Homecoming Game on Saturday at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium against Penn is at 1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on Eleven Sports Network and simulcast on the Ivy League Network.
Practicing on the South Lawn honors Columbia’s 127-year football tradition. The team played its games at the South Lawn prior to moving to the current Baker Athletic Complex in 1928. For many years, the two lawns formed a contiguous field, with stands framing the end zones to the east and west and the 50-yard line pointed due north toward Low Memorial Library. Columbia Hall of Famers Bill Morley, Harold Weekes and Lou Gehrig played at the field.
Patricia & Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli brought football back to the South Lawn in his first season in 2015. Players will wear tee-shirts and shorts, no helmets or cleats.
The Lions could potentially practice on the lawn two more time in 2017: Friday, Nov. 4 (prior to Harvard) and Friday, Nov. 17 (prior to Brown).
Last week, the Lions held their pre-game walk through at MetLife Stadium prior to their game at Marist.