Yankee Stadium to host NHL game in 2011?

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Yankees COO Lonn Trost said yesterday that he hopes Yankee Stadium will host the 2011 NHL Winter Classic outdoor game and that conversations with the NHL are ongoing.

During a news conference to announce the Notre Dame-Army football game at the Stadium in 2010, Trost said the league has not made any promises about the next available New Year's Day outdoor game.

"But we're still hoping that Jan. 1, 2011, will be our time," Trost said.

The Rangers definitely would be one of the teams in a Yankee Stadium outdoor game. A Rangers spokesman declined comment and an NHL spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The NHL considered the new stadium for the Jan. 1 game this coming season but ultimately chose Fenway Park for a game between the Bruins and Flyers. The first Winter Classic game, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, was held Jan. 1, 2008, at Ralph Wilson Stadium outside Buffalo; this past year, it was at Wrigley Field, between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

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Both games were ratings hits for NBC, turning what once was an experimental event into an annual must-have for the league.

Trost said the league had concerns about parking and logistics with the old Stadium still standing. "By 2011, it'll be down," he said.

The new stadium was built to host offseason events such as the college football game, which will be played Nov. 20, 2010.

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