NEW YORK—For the final time this year, the Columbia Football Team will host its final walk through on the Columbia University South Lawn this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. ET. The Lions are preparing for tomorrow’s season finale and Senior Day at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium against Brown iis at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on SNY and simulcast on the Ivy League Network.
A win over Brown combined with a Yale loss to Harvard would give Columbia (7-2, 4-2 Ivy League) its first Ivy League football championship since 1961. A win would give Columbia eight wins on the year for the first time since 1996.
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.
Tomorrow’s game also marks Senior Day for Columbia’s seniors. A total of 31 senior players will be honored in a 13-minute pre-game ceremony beginning at 12:41 p.m. ET.