Well here’s an interesting little piece of news. According to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, UMass football will host the Rhode Island Rams at Gillette Stadium in 2016. An official announcement from the Minutemen is expected “shortly”, according to Vautour. Here’s a little more info courtesy of the Gazette:
The school is expected to announce shortly that the Minutemen will host games against UConn and Rhode Island at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, according to contracts between UMass and Gillette Stadium.
The Rhode Island game will be UMass’ second against an Championship Subdivision team since it’s upgrade. The Minutemen lost to Maine in 2013. UMass leads the all-time series with the Rams, their most common rival, 48-36-2.
Massachusetts has recently moved up to the FBS level, joining the Mid-American Conference, but that affiliation will end after the 2015 season. It’s not likely (at least not right now) that UMass will drop back down to the FCS level, and they may go independent in the FBS if they cannot find a conference. Either way, this still shapes up to be a winnable game for URI.
The Minutemen finished up last season at 1-11, including a loss to Maine – one of Rhody’s counterparts in the CAA. One thing is for sure: it will be pretty awesome to see the Rams playing in a professional stadium. Hopefully URI fans can up the crowd level a little bit as well (note the “attendance” in the above photo).
And if Rhode Island can pick up a W and help contribute to the train wreck that is UMass football? Well, that will just be icing on the cake.