Yankee Stadium to host NHL games
According to multiple reports, the NHL is set to announce that the Stadium will host a pair of games in January 2014 in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The New York Rangers will play the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26, followed by the Rangers and New York Islanders on Jan. 29.
The games will be official once the contracts are finalized, according to TSN's Darren Dreger, who first reported the events.
ESPN New York's Katie Strang added that the Rangers will be designated as the visiting team for both games.
The NHL is reportedly planning to roll out a slate of six outdoor games for the 2013-14 season, beginning with the Jan. 1 Winter Classic. The annual New Year's Day tilt has already been confirmed for Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In addition to the Classic and the two games in the Bronx, outdoor games will be played in Chicago, Vancouver and Los Angeles, where the Kings will face off against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium.
Those remaining outdoor contests are also pending contract approval. Strang reports that the league is looking to finalize the schedule in the next two weeks.
Yankee Stadium has a history of hosting non-baseball sporting events. The old Stadium played host to championship boxing matches and professional and college football games, including the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts. The Colts famously won the game in sudden-death overtime.
The current Stadium has already hosted boxing, and it is the regular venue for the Pinstripe Bowl. Syracuse defeated West Virginia in the latest iteration of the annual bowl game, 38-14, on Dec. 29, 2012.