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Report: Big Ten plans to play more games in NYC

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The Big Ten Conference is adamant about expanding its presence on the East Coast, particularly in New York City.

Adding Rutgers to the league, reaching an agreement with the Pinstripe Bowl and opening an office in Manhattan wasn’t quite enough to sate the conference’s desires.

The Big Ten Conference is considering hosting regular season contests in New York City at Yankee Stadium and Washington D.C., according to’s Jeremy Fowler.

The conference would use the neutral sites to help cultivate rivalries between Penn State and its newest members, Rutgers and Maryland.

“Like with Yankee Stadium — would there be a case where Rutgers or Penn State or Maryland, would they want to move a game to an iconic stadium like that?” Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman posed to Fowler. “You could bring in, for Rutgers, probably another 10 to 15,000 people there. Is that a game that makes sense to move there? Probably.”

It can also serve as an opportunity for the new schools to benefit from the more established programs in the conference. Teams like Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin have national followings and their fans travel well. Bigger venues to host these programs will be beneficial for both the programs playing in the games and the conference.

High-profile venues can also be used to entice marquee opponents as additions to non-conference schedules. Rutgers, for example, will travel to Seattle this fall to open the season against the Pac-12’s Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field. Rutgers can use the lure of Yankee Stadium to bring in other opponents from the Pac-12, Big 12 or SEC.

By potentially using stadiums at key demographic locations, the Big Ten Conference will be taking full advantage of its expanded footprint and the markets it cherished when the decision was made to expand to 14 teams.

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19 Responses to “Report: Big Ten plans to play more games in NYC”
  1. trdiii says: Jul 27, 2014 12:05 PM

    I get using bigger stadiums. I don’t agree with moving conference games off campus, but I get it. Like all things in college football it’s about the money. That’s why Rutgers is in the B1G in the first place. But Yankee Stadium is not bigger the High Points Solutions (Rutgers) Stadium. Look at the atmosphere at RU for the Louisville game in 2006 or for PSU on Sept 13 and tell me why moving these games to the Bronx would be a good idea for RU.

  2. howintensive says: Jul 27, 2014 12:41 PM

    Moving a conference game off campus is fine for basketball and hockey, but when it’s football, with 6-7 home games a year, it’s hard to believe that the Big Ten cares about its regular fans, especially student fans.

  3. queenlivekillers says: Jul 27, 2014 1:15 PM

    What? Chicago isn’t good enough anymore? Come on, BIG. It’s 2014. If people want to see the BIG, they can tune in.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jul 27, 2014 1:20 PM

    The B1G has football?

  5. dmvtransplant says: Jul 27, 2014 3:01 PM

    The top end of the B1G has bigger stadiums than the NFL, there isn’t an NFL team in the Northeast with a bigger stadium than PSU or Michigan so what’s the point?

    Penn State already had a game at the Redskins stadium a few years ago and had to sell 10,000 less tickets to make up for the smaller stadium in Landover, MD.

  6. corvusrex96 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:10 PM

    What appeal is there for Maryland to play in NYC . They already play near Washington and there are 2 top NFL stadiums within their home territory . More proof that the Big Ten farm hicks know nothing about the east coast

  7. boogieknight73 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:23 PM

    I don’t like it at all. Yankee Stadium’s football capacity is 54,251 with a lot of lousy sight lines for football, as opposed to RU’s home stadium being built specifically for football and which has a capacity of 52,454. It is definitely not worth moving any of our home games to Yankee stadium for an additional 1,800 seats. How is this good for Rutgetrs, Maryland or ttfp?

  8. tigersfandan says: Jul 27, 2014 3:26 PM

    classyjacklambert says:
    Jul 27, 2014 1:20 PM
    The B1G has football?

    Yeah. Where have you been for the last 100+ years?

  9. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 27, 2014 5:23 PM


    They have football but it’s the worst Major Conference football there is.


    Yeah and the Little 14 has about the same speed as 100 yrs ago too. Watching Little 14 football is as exciting as watching paint dry

  10. charles130 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:58 PM

    Its pretty obvious Delaney realizes that adding Rutgers and Maryland was a kneejerk reaction to the ACC taking Notre Dame.

    Now suddenly he must justify the addition by pretending to “take over” NY and DC when in reality it barely moves the needle in either market.

    Rutgers alums in Jersey follow Rutgers. Same with MD alums and a fair amount of residents in the two-fifths of the DC metro area that is Maryland. But to pretend the Big Ten has “arrived” in either market is a complete farce.

  11. hojo20 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:38 PM

    Adding RU & Maryland was a HUGE mistake and is watering down the team’s schedules. Check out Wisconsin’s 2014 schedule. They play these two doormats, but don’t play Michigan, MSU, OSU or Penn State.

  12. boogieknight73 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:10 PM

    charles130 & hojo20:
    Here are 48 million reasons as to whythe B1G has, in actual fact, arrived in the NYC market:

  13. boogieknight73 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:37 PM

    Oh Brent, if only you’d done a little more homework before you wrote this. We’re not having any trouble “luring other opponents from the Pac-12, Big 12 or SEC” to come & play on our own campus.

    When it’s RU’s home game we play on our campus. As with Washington State, where we play them this year in Century Link Stadium in Seattle (not on their campus in Pullman,) and when it’s RU’s home game next year, we will play them on our own campus.

    Likewise for University of Washington on their campus in 2016, and in 2017 our home game vs UW will be played on our own campus. And for Miami in 2018/19 & UCLA in 2020/21.

  14. boogieknight73 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:41 PM

    And Arkansas in 2012/13.

  15. demauroj says: Jul 28, 2014 12:02 AM

    This is a Stupid idea.

    First off High Point Solutions Stadium currently holds roughly the same amount for football as Yankee Stadium.

    It is a baseball stadium not a football stadium and having seen 3 games there the sight line are horrendous for football unless you are right at midfield.

    There is also a fairly direct train from downtown NYC to New Brunswick for New Yorkers to take if they want to come to a game in a perfectly good Football stadium.

    If you want to build tradition and a fanbase in the the NYC Market specifically for Rutgers, than Keep the other teams out of here except on days they are playing in Piscataway and let Rutgers recruit there own state without the B1G giving other schools an advantage by allowing them to play neutral site games in NYC.

  16. latrobe21 says: Jul 28, 2014 11:43 AM

    It just means that PSU fans will travel from all over the mid-Atlantic region to attend. It doesn’t mean that fans in the New York and DC markets become B1G fans.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    I see so many responses about how this stadium holds more or this game almost a decade ago was more fun…. People…. it’s not about selling more tickets or creating a great atmosphere. It’s about expanding the brand into new markets.

    Delaney is trying to plant a Big 10 a flag in NYC and claim it as “B1G Territory”.

    I personally don’t think it will work… NYC is a pro sports town and its a town where people come from all over the country to live so there is no real dominant college affiliation. If you’re a Tennessee alum and you move to NYC, are you going to become a Big 10 fan just because you go to a Rutgers v Penn State game at Yankee Stadium?

  18. boogieknight73 says: Jul 28, 2014 11:22 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    I personally don’t think it will work… NYC is a pro sports town and its a town where people come from all over the country to live so there is no real dominant college affiliation.

    First, see post above regarding BTN hitting the NYC jackpot.
    Next, check the TV ratings for the 2006 RU-Louisville game as evidence of the following that a great college game can garner
    Then check out this linked-to article and while you’re reading it, scroll down a bit & notice THE Empire State Building lit up in Scarlet for RU football (this was one of several times)
    Finally, there are close to 9 million people in NYC & another 8+ million in NJ – and while the pro teams are clearly well established here, there are also plenty of others who enjoy a great college atmosphere & game day. No need to displace the pro sports fans – many can and do follow college as well as pro, and many others definitely enjoy the college games.

  19. boogieknight73 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:10 AM

    8to80texansblog says:

    “I see so many responses about how this stadium holds more or this game almost a decade ago was more fun…. People…. it’s not about selling more tickets ”

    Folks are responding to Silverman’s statement that we could fit 10,000 to 15,000 more people in YS vs Rutgers Stadium (per this article.) We’re just pointing out the physical impossibility of that proposition.

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