It was an auspicious start for the new club-level Atlantic Football League, as perhaps as many as 2300 fans turned out Saturday night for the first football game in 30 years for the UNB Red Bombers. Alas, they lost 16-14 to the UNBSJ (Saint John) Seawolves thanks to a last-minute field goal by John Phillips.
A huge crowd considering that they were competing for fans with the UNB-McGill hockey game next door at the Aitken University Centre (many who watched from the concourse windows during intermissions), so it could bode well for pent up football mania in Fredericton.
Moncton is the third team in this new loop, which are looking to add other non-CIS football schools like Dalhousie next year. If the crowds keep coming, and corporate sponsors appear, then the return of CIS football to UNB might move from a dream to a possibility.
Phillips screws up storybook ending (Daily Gleaner)
University football lures 2,300 fans to first game (Telegraph-Journal)