Yes, I know it sounds strange, but that’s exactly what the NHL is hoping to do:
“The House that Ruth Built” may be used to stage a hockey event.
Newsday reported on Wednesday that the NHL is looking at the possibility of having the New York Rangers play the New York Islanders in a regular season game at Yankee Stadium.
“A request has been made to use the stadium for an NHL game in the 2006-2007 season,” Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone confirmed to Newsday. “The matter is under discussion.”
According to the newspaper, league officials met with both teams as well as city officials and NBC to discuss the feasibility of the event, which would tentatively take place on Jan. 1, 2007.
An interesting idea, I guess, although it does sound like somewhat of a gimmick by the NHL aimed to reviving American interest in a professional sport that nearly died after a year-long strike. There are, of course, logistical obstacles to something like this so its unclear if it could actually be pulled off. I was surprised, though, to learn that its been done before:
The NHL staged its only outdoor game on Nov. 22, 2003, when the Edmonton Oilers played the Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. More than 56,000 fans were in attendance to watch Wayne Gretzky suit up in the Oilers-Canadiens alumni game. The Canadiens posted a 4-3 victory over Edmonton in the regular-season matchup.
As long as they don’t damage The House That Ruth Built, I guess its worth a try.
H/T: OTB Sports