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Climate Change Activists Hijack Harvard–Yale Football Game
Image: Dan Flynn

New Haven, Connecticut

Activists protesting climate change stormed the Yale bowl field at halftime of the Harvard–Yale game. An initial group of 100 or so activists grew to more than 1,000 as students supporting their cause joined them. The mob extended from one 30-yard-line to the next as they chanted “get on the field.”

Harvard Yale Game Climate Protestors

Image: Dan Flynn

ESPN declined to show the protest. Players from both teams returned to their locker rooms. Repeated calls from the public address system to “please return to your seats” did nothing as the protest lasted more than 30 minutes.

Climate Activists Rush the Field

At this writing, a smattering of activists still fill the field. Police officers are quietly observing but not removing them. It would be easy to get the protesters off the field as police officers outnumber activists. So far, no action has been taken.

Reaction from the crowd is mixed. Some of the people in the crowd booed. Other crowd members joined the activists on the field or cheered.

One fan was heard saying, “No one cares!”

Another fan said, “This is what happens when two liberal schools play football.”

A few players have come back to the field to warm up.

It is still a question whether or not Yale will have to forfeit the game.


The police are now escorting activists off the field. Yale players have retaken the field. The game should resume. The score at halftime was 15-3 with Harvard leading.

Cheers erupted when the police removed the last protester from the field.

Once removed, protesters are chanting “Cancel the debt” outside the stadium.

Protestors Disrupt Harvard Yale Game

Climate change activists outside Yale stadium chanting. (Image: Dan Flynn)

Outside the Stadium Yale


Yale resumed the game at 2:48 p.m. after an hour-long delay. Chanting continues with the new chant being, “What do we do when our planet is under attack? Stand up! Fight back!”

The Bernie Bros are excited about the ruckus created:

Both teams are being ridiculed on Twitter. Here’s a sample:



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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website,   
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