The Columbia Football Team returns to the Columbia University South Lawn for a final walkthrough this afternoon at 5 p.m. Kickoff for Columbia’s Saturday contest against Harvard at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium is at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on the Eleven Sports Network and simulcast on the Ivy League Network.
Columbia enters tomorrow's game with a 6-1 overall record and in first place in the Ivy League with a 3-1 record, while Harvard is 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League.
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 one more time on Friday, Nov. 17 prior to its final home game against Brown (Nov. 18).