Hurricanes Eyeing Game At Yankee Stadium
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Miami is looking to play at Yankee Stadium.
Hurricanes athletic director Kirby Hocutt met with New York Yankees officials on Tuesday about the possibility of Miami playing in the team’s new ballpark during the 2013 season.
No potential date, or opponent, has been revealed. Miami coach Randy Shannon said Wednesday that the school is “going through negotiations” with multiple schools about the matchup.
“I think it’s great for college football and the University of Miami,” Shannon said. “You play teams outside of the conference a lot … and it’s an opportunity for us to be in the Northeast, which is a big University of Miami alumni base area.”
Miami already has 10 games — five home, five away — scheduled for 2013, eight of them being Atlantic Coast Conference matchups. The Hurricanes plan to host longtime rival Florida on Sept. 7, 2013. Miami is scheduled to visit South Florida on Nov. 30 of that year in Tampa, Fla., the Yankees’ spring training home.
That leaves two non-conference dates for the Hurricanes still to fill, and if the Yankee Stadium plan comes together, their likely preference would be to make the sixth road game of the year a neutral-site contest in New York.
“We’ll see what happens when the time comes of how we fill those positions,” Shannon said.
Miami has already added one marquee non-conference, neutral-site game to its upcoming schedule. The Hurricanes will play Notre Dame at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 2012.
There’s a number of ties between the Hurricanes and Yankees — including Alex Rodriguez.
The Yankees’ third baseman nearly enrolled at Miami before signing his first pro deal, has donated millions to his adopted university and is a member of the school’s board of trustees. Rodriguez regularly works out at Miami during the offseason.
Miami played in the old Yankee Stadium in 1962, losing to Nebraska in what was the final edition of the Gotham Bowl.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.