Princeton’s spring game will be in Japan against a Japanese team

I’ve heard talk about college teams playing each other in spring football games instead of themselves (example: Georgia vs Clemson since they are 90 miles) but the Princeton Tigers have beaten everybody to the punch and will do so half-way across the globe.

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The Princeton football team has made its own Powers Field a comfortable home for its annual Spring Game. This year, however, the Tigers have found a new venue — Kincho Stadium, in Osaka, Japan.

Princeton will take on the Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters, the national college champion of Japan, in the “Legacy Bowl” on Saturday, March 21. It will be the second meeting between the two programs this century; Taylor Northrop’s late field goal helped the Tigers rally for a 27-25 victory when the two teams met in March of 2001.

“We are excited to participate in the first annual Legacy Bowl against the national champions of Japan,” Princeton head coach Bob Surace said. “This unique opportunity allows us the benefits of experiencing another culture in addition to playing an actual game against one of the best non-American college teams in the world.

“We’re looking forward to our Spring Ball preparations beginning on Feb. 27 and kicking off an offseason that will hopefully lead to an excellent season in 2015,” Surace added.

Princeton will practice three times in Japan prior to the Legacy Bowl, which will be played at 1 pm local time (midnight in Princeton).

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