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 Will the NFL's Boston Patriots move to Birmingham?


January 1970

    National Football League logoBoston Patriots owner William H. Sullivan, Jr. states that he will move the team unless a suitable stadium is available by March 15, 1970. Hugh Morrow III, head of an organization named Birmingham Pro Football, plans to talk with Sullivan about moving the team to Birmingham.

Sullivan is backing a bill that would allow the state of Massachusetts to take Harvard University's stadium over by eminent domain since Harvard refused to lease their stadium to the Patriots. In the merger of the National Football League and the American Football League, all 26 teams agreed to have stadiums that would seat 50,000 or more by 1970. The Patriots played last season at Boston College's Alumni Field, which seats 26,000. Harvard Stadium seats 40,000 with additional room for temporary stands. The Patriots also played at Fenway Park and at Boston University.



      Before the 1971-72 season, the Boston Patriots renamed themselves the New England Patriots and will be playing in the newly-built Shaeffer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.   

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