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City Joins Rutgers University in Celebration of 150th Anniversary of First Intercollegiate Football Game

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Rutgers University's special 150th anniversary commemorative logo

Rutgers University lead a special citywide celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the first intercollegiate football game. The daylong festivities all took place on Wednesday November 6th, the exact date of the first game between Rutgers and Princeton 150 years ago.

The event kicked off at 2 p.m. with a special performance by the Rutgers University Glee Club on the grounds of the Old Queens College, followed by remarks from Athletic Director Pat Hobbs and a ceremonial "ringing of the bells" by the current football team captains. Afterwards, a Rutgers marching band lead the attendees to the College Avenue Gymnasium for the unveiling of an official commemorative historical sign, detailing the events of the first game. 

Later that night, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center served as a stage for special Big Ten Network television taping celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first game. Hosted by BTN's Dave Revsin, the show featured interviews with historians, former Rutgers players, and current conference athletic directors, including Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs. The show is scheduled to air on the Big Ten Network on Monday, November 11th.