One of Harvard's largest non-Yale game crowds in recent memory visited Allston last night to watch Harvard squeak past Holy Cross, 25-24. This year's crowd was comparable to the 19,000 at Harvard's first-ever night football game last year.
As the TAB reports, residents at Wednesday's Allston Civic Association meeting expressed their displeasure with the situation (when Harvard was talking about attendance of 8,000). Like most things related to Harvard, I think the community reaction is based on both what Harvard does, how Harvard does it, and the Harvard-Allston/Brighton history over the past several years.
A TAB reader compares the Head of the Charles Regatta with Harvard football, but to me that is like comparing apples and oranges. If the HOCR owned acres of vacant property in our neighborhood, made a repeated nuisance of itself during construction projects, closed several stores and businesses, supported the development of an economically segregated housing project, etc., etc. then I bet there would be a lot more concern about their regatta. Instead, the HOCR comes to Allston/Brighton once a year, creates an enjoyable event for participants and spectators in Cambridge and Allston, and treats the community with modesty and respect.