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No Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium “for the next couple of years”

Dec 31, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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The Winter Classic might be played at Yankee Stadium at some point, but according to NHL chief operating officer John Collins, it won’t be next year. Or, for that matter, the year after that.

The reason? College football bowl game commitments.

“Yankee Stadium is obviously a special place, but we can’t get in there for the next couple of years,” Collins told the New York Times today.

As for other venues in the New York area, the NHL has looked at MetLife Stadium; however, given the Jets and Giants share the facility, could the NHL even book a date there?

Maybe they could do it at the home of the Mets, Citi Field in Queens – but really, if the Winter Classic is going to New York it should be at Yankee Stadium.

(The NHL has also reportedly looked at the Yale Bowl and West Point.)

Of note, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor doesn’t appear to be in the NHL’s sights either. Collins told the Times that a Winter Classic hosted by the Detroit Red Wings would most likely be played at Comerica Park, the home of the Tigers.

Collins also spoke to the Times about the possibility of games on the West Coast (unlikely), Miami (don’t laugh, it put in a bid), Minnesota (possible), and Canada (not out of the question).

  1. pastabelly - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Why should Canada have both the heritage classic and winter classic? Why would NBC want the game? The game is great for promotion of hockey in the
    US. Stick with current formula.

  2. acieu - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Most likely there will be no Fall Classic in Yankee Stadium during the same time frame!

  3. rgledz - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    They should do it at Target Field in Minnesota, Wild against the Blackhawks. The draw would be enormous! North Stars/Wild vs. Hawks alumni game would be an old Norris division classic and a great way to kick off the new conference. For those of you who will say that Dallas has the rights to the North Stars logo and history, you’re wrong. The NHL owns those rights and it could happen. Modano, Broten, Nanne, Mikita, Hull, Belfour………book it NHL.

  4. buffalomafia - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    The Yankees should worry about pitching & getting a new third baseman!

  5. kellyb9 - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Old Yankee Stadium was a special place. They bulldozed that to the ground. Besides – I think with attendance numbers they’d probably prefer to have the game played in a football field. The Meadowlands is going to be tough since it has two tenants. So, New York might be out of luck unless they pick Citi-Field.

  6. spizzjr - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I hope it’s years away from NY I want my islanders in it at some point and now is not the time for them to be in a winter classic

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