The UMass football team will likely play three home games at an upgraded McGuirk Alumni Stadium in 2014, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The other three home games will be played at Gillette Stadium.
Two sources have indicated that it is all but a done deal. A third source indicated that there is still work to be done.
“There is a lot of work that needs to get done between now and then, but if all goes on schedule that would be likely,” the source said. All three sources chose to remain anonymous since the decision has not yet been made official.
John Sinnett, UMass’ sports information director, could not confirm the 2014 scheduling arrangement. He said that, under his understanding of NCAA scheduling rules, the Minutemen would be allowed to have the split home game scenario.
It is unclear which three opponents will play in Amherst, but they are likely to be Mid-American Conference foes. As it currently stands, Boston College and Colorado are UMass’ two home out-of-conference games for 2014.
McGuirk is going through a major facelift where a new press box and end zone facility are being added to comport with MAC stadium requirements. The school has released multiple renderings of the improvements. The upgrade is scheduled to be finished by July 2014.
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