Report: No Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium in 2011


Via Andrew Gross, Yankee Stadium will not host the 2011 NHL Winter Classic because of scheduling conflicts with an upcoming NCAA Bowl Game. Ben chronicled the situation last weekend, and Gross says that ESPN will soon announce a deal to televise the game, which is being targeted for December 30th. That wouldn’t give the NHL the 7-10 days of lead time they need to set up.

“The Yankees are still telling people it can happen but the NHL knows it can’t happen,” said one of Gross’ sources. The Meadowlands wouldn’t be considered for the game given the unpredictability of the NFL season, though it’s possible it could end up at CitiField. However, the NHL wants the Rangers to be the host team, something that wouldn’t fly in Islander territory.

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  • Mac

    Coming from someone that watched a lot of hockey in the 80’s and early 90’s then gave up on it, why aren’t they doing this in multiple cities each year? Maybe even have multiple games outside in each city?

    They would sell out every game, they would generate even more hype and the cities hosting would be able to sell tickets to open skates, high school games/practices and even colleges.

    • Rose

      A lot of the hype is because it’s not common. If it becomes more and more common…the hype will slowly deteriorate over time. It’s just the way it goes…

    • Bo

      It would ruin the novelty of it if they had 10 games a yr like it.

  • Rose

    Have the New York Rangers play at “The Ballpark in Arlington” DUH!

  • Master of all Trades.

    I would rather see the NHL Winter Classic over some meaningless Bowl Game. JMO.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      I’d rather see some meaningless Bowl Game over the NHL Winter Classic. JMO.

      • Bo

        Hockey is close to catching college football in owning News Years Day because of the winter classic. And the fact that no one cares about meaningless bowl games. Now if that day was the college football final four things will certainly change.

        • Chris

          That’s just false. The 2009 Winter Classic had a 2.9 rating. That was about on par with the Kentucky-East Carolina Liberty Bowl. In fact, hockey got lower ratings than every single bowl game on Jan 1 2009 including the Iowa-South Carolina game that started at 11am eastern (8am on the West Coast).

  • Will

    I’d rather see the Bowl game, but if the NHL really wants YSIII, why not push the Winter Classic back by a week. I don’t think it has to be played on January 1 to attract attention.

    • Bo

      Hockey is close to owning new yrs day. Why would they push it back a week or two just to play once in NY? And at the expense of say Kansas vs Rutgers in a bowlk game 5 people care about?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    …though it’s possible it could end up at CitiField. However, the NHL wants the Rangers to be the host team, something that wouldn’t fly in Islander territory.

    Totally serious, non-“Tommie likes to habitually shit on hockey as a non-sport because it’s semi-funny” question: Is there really such a thing as “Islanders territory”?

    If so, wouldn’t all of the five boroughs not really be in Islanders territory? I’d say, as an ignorant, non-hockey fan, that Queens is still solidly Rangers territory, although I could easily be wrong here.

    It may comingle a lot with Islanders territory, but I’d imagine there’s still a slight to borderline heavy majority of Rangers fans in the CitiField environs and neighborhoods.

    FWIW, CitiField is 10 miles from MSG. It’s 20 miles from the Nassau Coliseum. Whatevs.

    • Nady Nation

      Agreed here. I have a bunch of friends from Queens who are all Ranger fans. Honestly, I don’t know any Islander fans who are not from Long Island.

      • Nady Nation

        /waits for someone to cross out “who are not from Long Island.”

        • YankeeJosh

          Long time Islanders fan from New York City. Never lived on Long Island a day in my life.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

        Staten Island? It’s definitely not the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, NJ, Westchester areas.

        Bear in mind, population-wise, Long Island is pretty big. Nassau and Suffolk are about 2.7 million strong. That should be enough to support a team, even with the Rangers and Devils close by.

        • Nady Nation

          Oh, definitely. I’m from Long Island, and by no means was I trying to suggest that it’s not big enough to form its own fanbase. I simply meant my statement as, I truly don’t know any Islander fans outside of Nassau or Suffolk Counties.

    • Bo

      Agreed. Dont think Queens is considered islander territory. That would be Nass/Suff.

      Id say Queens is heavy on the Ranger side.

  • Chris

    What about playing next year at the old Giants stadium, before they blow it up? Wouldn’t have to worry about the NFL season then.

    • A.D.

      Are they waiting that long to not blow it up? They’re not dismantling this summer?

  • Bo

    Citi Field wouldnt be bad idea if they were desperate to get a NY team into the game. It’s not like they wont have places to play if they feel NY isnt up to par. Granted no city has the cache value of NY especially Yankee Stadium. The Mets are probably pushing real hard for this as we speak.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

    This is a damn shame. I really like curling, too.

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  • YankeeJosh

    The Rangers don’t need the Winter Classic. It would be much better of the NHL to let the Islanders host the game at CitiField or the Devils in New Jersey as opposed to the Rangers. These teams need help with attendance.

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  • Shuckingtheclam

    You guys are all idiots, who cares what hockey “territory” Queens is in?! Queens is on Long Island, I’d imagine that there are plently of Islander fans who are from Queens. I live in upstate NY and there are quite a few Islanders fans just in my neighborhood alone, the majority like the Rags but I still see Islander crap all the time. I guess my point is you don’t have to be from someplace to support a certain team.