Hockey at Yankee Stadium?
Ballpark beats Churchill Downs, Indy Speedway
An executive with knowledge of the Yankees thinking tells 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand that the team will not stand in the way of a proposed plan for the final event at Yankee Stadium to be an NHL game.I'm afraid there's little we can do about it: The outdoor game is going to be an idea done to death — or at least until TV ratings and ticket sales sag.
No agreement is actually in place yet for the possible Yankee Stadium finale, but if a deal does happen, the game would likely be played on New Year's Day in 2009 and involve the New York Rangers.
Given this will be the last game ever at the hallowed ballpark, it's certainly understandable that the NHL wants to jump on the opportunity. But what's been interesting so far, at least in my eyes, is the reaction from baseball purists and other non-hockey crazed fans.
They're not very happy, and may, in fact, even protest the game in a move that'll bring a little PR the NHL's way.
Me, I don't have any special connection to Yankee Stadium, but I do find it curious that the brass there aren't all that concerned with this idea. The payout must be decent enough.
It'll be a spectacle to be sure, and so should the game in 2009 at Wrigley Field. But at some point, this is a cash cow that'll run its course, as fans tire of sitting in faraway seats in the bitter cold and the league runs out of suitable settings for what should be a once every five years or so event.