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Boston College AD explains tailgating issue

To start the 2011 season, Boston College will play four of five games in Chestnut Hill. The early season schedule includes home games against Northwestern, Duke, UMASS, and Wake Forest. Late in the year, FSU and NC State travel to Chestnut Hill.

For years, however, Boston College fans have begged for a better tailgating experience for a more enjoyable college game day experience.

Today, athletic director Gene DeFilippo explained, “Boston College is required to apply to the city of Boston to obtain an entertainment license to play our football games. The license the city grants us stipulates that we may open the gates to our parking lots two hours prior to a noon game and three hours prior to a game that starts at 1:00 or later.”

“The additional hour was granted to us last year, and it was very successful. I am thrilled that the city will give us that same three-hour period for most our home games.”

As for expansion of Alumni Stadium (44,500 capacity), DeFilippo says expansion is not expected anytime soon.

He explained, “When we sell out Alumni Stadium on a consistent basis, then we might look at expansion, but that has not been the case in the past several years, so our thinking is that Alumni Stadium will remain as is for the foreseeable future.”

The Florida State game will on a Thursday night with an ESPN broadcast.

DeFilippo did acknowledge today that Boston College does plan to retire the jersey of former quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons travel to Indianapolis the week of the FSU game, so it doesn't appear likely that Matty Ice will be flying to Boston in midst of preparations for Manning and the Colts.