Yankee Stadium. One of baseball's most-iconic parks and home of the ... Big Ten?
Now that the Big Ten is an East Coast conference as well as a Midwestern one, the thought of playing some football games at arguably the most-famous outdoor arena in the footprint seems like an obvious one, right?
CBS' Jeremy Fowler caught up with Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman, who liked the idea:
"Like with Yankee Stadium — would there be a case where Rutgers or Penn State or Maryland, would they want to move a game to an iconic stadium like that?" Silverman told Fowler. "You could bring in, for Rutgers, probably another 10 to 15,000 people there. Is that a game that makes sense to move there? Probably."
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As Fowler points out, the Big Ten already has a tie-in with the Pinstripe Bowl, the postseason game at Yankee Stadium. And Rutgers, which played in last season's Pinstripe Bowl, is set to play Army there next season.
A Big Ten regular-season game in a baseball stadium wouldn't be a novel concept, either. Illinois and Northwestern played a 2010 game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Scarlet Knights seem the most logical choice to play higher-profile games in New York, given they're technically the area team. But Big Ten games at more East Coast sites wouldn't be terribly surprising given the conference's efforts to beef up its standing in that part of the country. Here are some interesting thoughts: If Rutgers can play a football game at Yankee Stadium, why not Penn State at Citizens Bank Park in Philly or Maryland at Camden Yards in Baltimore? That'd be cool.