Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New York Has Potential Locations for Future Winter Classic Games

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy lists the top 30 future locations for NHL Winter Classic games.

Wyshynski includes four possible New York Metro area locations...

1. Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)
It's the last of the iconic baseball stadiums, even if it's about a year old. It's an instant sell; heck, just plug in Phil Rizzuto's voice where Harry Carey's was for the Wrigley Field promotional spots. The New York Rangers are the obligatory choice; opponents could range from the rival New York Islanders to the rival New Jersey Devils to Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to a riskier choice for U.S. TV ratings: The Montreal Canadiens, hockey's New York Yankees, playing in the House That Looks Like The House That Ruth Built. The Stadium's college bowl game is a monkey wrench that may delay the game for years; but hey, maybe by 2014 the Islanders won't stink. Or in Brooklyn. One of the two.

4. New Meadowlands Stadium, (East Rutherford, NJ)
This brand-spankin' new facility will have a capacity of 82,500 and would serve as a way to bring the Classic to the New York if Yankee Stadium is unworkable from a scheduling perspective. Rangers vs. Devils in an outdoor game? It would fill the stadium like a Bruce show, if only because Devils fans could tailgate again

13. Central Park (New York, NY)
No, it doesn't work from a capacity or accessibility standpoint.
But 5-Hole.net has a passionate response to the dozens of criticisms this venue automatically inspires, and its "getting back to hockey's roots" argument is an interesting one.

30. Citi Field (New York, NY)
If Yankee Stadium. Giants Stadium, Central Park the stadium at Rutgers, all the minor league baseball stadiums, Liberty State Park, a barge on the Hudson and most of the front lawns in North Jersey are booked, there's always the new home of the New York Mets.

...i'm not sure logistically how they'd set it up, but a Winter Classic in Central Park would be sick.


-DO said...

Off topic, but did you see this one:


rusty said...

I don't care where they play it just get one played in New York, preferably next year.