Harvard welcomed many football-loving residents of Cambridge on Saturday (Oct. 17) to its annual Cambridge Football Day, with free food and tickets to the Harvard-Lafayette game for all community members who attended.

From the “Fan Zone” to the game itself, it was a fine opportunity to enjoy a day of football, and although the Crimson suffered a tough 35-18 loss to Lafayette, their Cambridge fans rooted them on and made the most of a day in the sun. More than 7,000 fans came out to the Harvard Stadium to show their support.

Cambridge Football Day 2009

Photos by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

  • Welcome to 'The Stadium'

    Welcome to 'The Stadium'

    Mary Power (from left), chief of community relations and executive director of community initiatives, and James Barrows, associate director of community relations, give Cambridge residents Michael Shaps, David Aurelio, and Samuel Shaps 11 free lunch and game tickets for Cambridge Football Day.

  • 'Ten Thousand Men of Harvard'

    'Ten Thousand Men of Harvard'

    The fans came out with spirit to support the Crimson, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson struggled to find their rhythm on Saturday (Oct. 17).

  • Backstage with the band

    Backstage with the band

    Josh Martin '11, trumpet section leader for the Harvard Band, relaxes on the turf of Harvard Stadium before the game.

  • 'Octubafest'


    The tuba was just one of the Harvard Band instruments moving the crowd on Saturday.

  • Just a 'Little' football

    Just a 'Little' football

    Cambridge residents John and Jennifer Little enjoy Cambridge Day with their 10-month-old daughter, Violet, and 3-year-old daughter, Vivienne.

  • Showing some spirit

    Showing some spirit

    Harvard cheerleaders Caitlin McEwdan '10 (far left) and Kurumi Fukushima '12 (far right) cheer on the Crimson.

  • Not so fast

    Not so fast

    Crimson defensive back Collin Zych '11 (#27) takes down a Lafayette player for one of his 10 tackles on the day.

  • Passing through

    Passing through

    Running back Treavor Scales '13 (#24), who evades a Lafayette tackler, led Crimson with 40 yards on the day. The Crimson still fell on Cambridge Football Day, 35-18.