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RUTGERS FOOTBALL

Discover the birthplace of college football

For Rutgers University students, alumni and New Brunswick locals alike, football season calls for the return of treasured traditions and memories in the making, thanks to the impressive legacy of the Scarlet Knights football program's 150-year history. The Heldrich hotel is near Rutgers University and is less than a 10 minute drive to the stadium! 

Rutgers Mascot The Scarlet Knights

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Surrounded by Rutgers' campus and only 3.5 miles away from HighPoint Solutions Stadium, stay at The Heldrich and enjoy unparalleled access to tailgating festivities and home football games.

Scarlet Knights vs. Michigan Wolverines

November 10, 2018

  • Book our Rutgers v. Michigan package to receive 10% off our best available room rates and access to our tailgate party in Christopher's Bar.
  • Receive a 10% dining discount on all food and beverage purchases during your stay.
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Scarlet Knights vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

November 17, 2018

  • Book our Rutgers v. Penn State package to receive 10% off our best available room rates and access to our tailgate party in Christopher's Bar.
  • Receive a 10% dining discount on all food and beverage purchases during your stay.
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150 years in the making - Rutgers Football History

The birthplace of College Football

The Rutgers Football Program is notable for playing in what is considered to be the first ever intercollegiate football game in 1869, in which they defeated Princeton University. For this reason, Rutgers has been described as "the birthplace of college football."

The site for the contest was a small plot of land where College Avenue currently runs through Rutgers' campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The structure of the game resembled more of a rugby-style contest instead of modern-day football, in which players were allowed to kick and bat the ball with their fists and hands. 

Rutgers squad was captained by William J. Leggett and donned scarlet kerchiefs atop their heads in an effort to distinguish between the two teams. Rutgers would go on to win the contest by a score of 6 goals to 4... and the rest is history!

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