Harvard welcomed 700 of its neighbors from Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge to the annual Community Football Day, held in bright sunshine on Saturday.
For more than 20 years, Harvard has hosted neighbors on both sides of the river with game tickets as well as lunch, free of charge. This year’s game was Harvard vs. Lafayette.
A pregame community tent, set up behind the Murr Center, provided visitors with family activities, including coloring. Members of the Harvard Crimson Dance Team painted faces and applied temporary Harvard tattoos.
Coach Renel Jean of the undefeated Brighton High School Varsity football team brought dozens of players to the event. “This is a good thing for the community,” Jean said. “This is [the team’s] first time attending a division-one football game. Harvard is undefeated too, and we’re looking forward to watching them win another one.”