NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The first collegiate football game was played in New Brunswick and Rutgers is planning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that historic game.
The Scarlet Knights' 6-4 victory on Nov. 6, 1869, will be re-enacted on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:15 p.m.
Fans who arrive early for the Rutgers football team's season-opening kick off against the University of Massachusetts (7:15 p.m. at SHI Stadium) will get a chance to see the re-enactment.
The first game - the one which allows Rutgers to call itself "The Birthplace of College Football - will be recreated by theatre students dressed in late 1800s era uniforms.
The production will be directed by Marshall Jones III, who not only works with the Mason Gross School of the Arts but is the artistic director at Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick.
There will also be a fireworks show after the Rutgers-Massachusetts game.
Rutgers is planning several events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its first season.
Paul Robeson, a consensus All-American in 1917 and 1918 and widely regarded as one of the school's greatest players, will be honored as part of the Rutgers football team's game against Boston College on Sept. 21.
As part of the Oct. 5 game against Maryland, Rutgers will celebrate all past All-Americans.
In addition to Homecoming, the Oct. 19 game against Minnesota will honor players from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The decades of 1970, 1980 and 1990 will be the theme of the Oct. 26 game against Liberty. On Nov. 16, Rutgers will host Ohio State and pay homage to its former players from the 2000s through the present.
Capping off the final theme game of the season is the Nov. 23 matchup against Michigan State, which will serve to honor former Scarlet Knight Eric LeGrand. The Believe Game will focus on the legacy of LeGrand and help raise awareness and support for spinal cord research.