New Haven, Connecticut– The 136th annual Harvard-Yale game was interrupted at half time when hundreds of alumni and students from both schools stormed the field to protest investments the schools have in fossil fuel companies. The protesters were escorted off the field by police after a 30-minute game delay. Yale released a statement saying, “Yale stands firmly for the right to free expression. Today, students from Harvard and Yale expressed their views and delayed the start of the second half of the football game. We stand with the Ivy League in its statement: ‘It is regrettable that the orchestrated protest came during a time when fellow students were participating in a collegiate career-defining contest and an annual tradition when thousands gather from around the world to enjoy and celebrate the storied traditions of both football programs and universities.’ We are grateful to the staff members and police officers who ensured the peaceful departure of students from the field. The exercise of free expression on campus is subject to general conditions, and we do not allow disruption of university events.”
After play resumed for the second half, Yale won the game 50 to 43.