Yankee Stadium

The possibility was broached back in May, but now it’s official:

The Yankees said Notre Dame and Army would play the first football game at the new stadium next year, reigniting one of college football’s great rivalries. The game, which is scheduled for Nov. 20, 2010, will most likely be the first of several football games a year at the stadium.

The teams played 22 times at the original Yankee Stadium, including several games during the 1940s that helped decide the national champion. When they played in 1928, Notre Dame Coach Knute Rockne urged his team to “win one for the Gipper.” Those games regularly drew more than 70,000 fans.

Only difference, I suppose, is that back then Army was good. Notre Dame too, actually, and neither of those things are the case anymore. At least Notre Dame still draws, though, so this should be a success. In any event, my offer of a good football team to play there still stands.

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  1. Craig Calcaterra said...

    I can see how you might be confused on that, TCM, what with both teams’ names ending in “State” and all.  But I was going for the best team I could find, not a one-time regional powerhouse who has been subsequently humbled by tougher competition and some uneven recruiting.

    Easy mistake to make. wink

  2. The Common Man said...

    You win this round, Shyster.  But mark my words, we will revisit this conversation on or after November 7.

  3. Moondog K.P. said...

    Maybe you should’ve linked to some team that’s actually won a national title recently instead of getting drubbed in their recent BCS appearances. Ya know, an LSU or Florida would’ve worked.

  4. Mark said...

    Boy, Army-ND would have been a pretty cool game 60 or 70 years ago. Maybe next year they can schedule a Harvard-Yale game to make things *really* exciting.

  5. The Ol Goaler said...

    If one is attempting to draw fans in Noo Yawk to a college football game, one is just about obligated to have ND as one of the teams; one can assume the presence of ND’s famed “subway alumni” in a city that actually has, you know, subways!  (Featuring Rutgers ain’t gonna cut it…)

    Me, I root for Mizzou (alma mater) and for Arkansas State (long-time employer), and have no desire whatsoever to see the inside of Yankee Stadium except on TV! wink

  6. Craig Calcaterra said...

    See, now that’s just not constructive, Moondog.  We’re having a nice family Big 10 spat here, and in you SEC rabble waltz.  Do you see me interrupting when you fight with your siblings?

  7. MJ said...

    Boy, Army-ND would have been a pretty cool game 60 or 70 years ago. Maybe next year they can schedule a Harvard-Yale game to make things *really* exciting.

    Burns: Honestly, Smithers, I don’t even know why Harvard continues to show up. Why, they barely even won.

  8. Greg Simons said...

    Siblings?  Don’t you mean spouses, Craig?  Oh, wait, same thing.

    (It’s a joke, people.  Don’t overreact.)

  9. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    A corrupt, overrated team playing in front of insufferable, obnoxious fans? In Yankee Stadium?!

  10. Kevin S. said...

    Speaking of alumni in the city, how about trying to book Northwestern?  Ties in with George Steinbrenner, who was an assistant coach there half a century ago.  Also was an AC at Purdue, and was a graduate assistant under Woody in Columbus.  There’s been some talk about Big Ten teams scheduling their league brethren they don’t play as non-conference opponents; a neutral-site like the Bronx would be a cool way to pull that off.

  11. smsetnor said...

    Say what you will about ND being overrated or irrelevant (I’ll calmly explain why you’re wrong some other day), but you can’t call them corrupt.  Just like I’m not sure I see any corruption with the Yankees…

  12. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    No, I guess you’re right, smestsnor: ALL the other teams proclaim to a bastion of virtue while looking the other way when a booster embezzled money and lavished it (among other things) on the players, or have coaches physically abuse the players. My bad.

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