Hosting college football games at baseball stadiums is all the rage now. Last weekend, Wrigley Field hosted Northwestern vs. Illinois, and Yankee Stadium welcomed Notre Dame and Army. Many Los Angeles fans turned on their televisions at 4 p.m. on Saturday and saw one of the worst combinations possible: hated Notre Dame, playing at hated Yankee Stadium. Really, the only thing worse would have been The Fighting Irish at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with several ex-Boston Celtics on the sideline.â†µ
Yankee Stadium liked the event so much, that they want to have an annual game at the venerable, two-year old stadium. Just don't expect the USC Trojans to be a part of that anytime soon. Officials from Yankee Stadium contacted USC, but the Trojans felt the stadium simply wasn't a fit, wrote Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News:
"The economics don't make sense," said Steve Lopes, senior associate athletic director. "They charge a lot for the tickets to our fans because that's where they make their money."â†µ
While it would be cool to see USC play at a new and different venue, I can see Lopes' point here. That is a long way for many fans to travel, although there are many Trojan fans and alumni on the east coast. Then again, maybe 1st Round Enterprises can provide discount transportation to the game; then everybody wins.â†µ
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