Foxboro would be great. Would save me the drive to Hartford.
Brandon would prefer to play UConn game somewhere else (updated)
to see Michigan at Foxboro.
I thought Brandon was a stand-up guy?
We signed the contract. Trying to pull rank on UConn now is silly.
If we can get this in a bigger bowl and move more tickets (to our fanbase, I'm not even sure if UConn has fans) then UConn gets a bigger check. I bet the UConn's AD likes money as much as Brandon does.
I get that it's increasingly becoming so, but that's a huge goddamn problem. We knew when we agreed to a home-and-home agreement that UConn's stadium was small, and that it is not, say, Notre Dame tradition-wise. Despite those facts, we said we would play a game at UConn in 2013. Now we want to move it somewhere else because playing a game at UConn doesn't create the future enough. Playing at other schools is fun, giving other schools' fanbases a chance to see a big game at their stadium is fun, and deciding all this stuff is about profit and marketing is bullshit.
What AAB said. Honor the deal.
I think Brandon is trying to work out a game without having to exercise the buyout.
And for the record, Bill Martin signed that deal so I don't blame Brandon one bit for trying to amend it.
A contract is a contract, doesn't matter that a signer is no longer with the University. The buyout is $2 million. I highly doubt that DB is going to spend that to NOT play the game in Storrs. It's just making UM and DB look petty and that playing in front of 40,000 is beneath them.
Can you provide a link where the UConn AD is deathly opposed to the idea of moving the game? I read some stuff back in June where the AD gave some stock quotes about wanting to keep the game and the like, but he's never really launched a vigorous campaign about keeping it in Storrs. When asked he says keep it, but he's not really pushing the issue.
The AD of course is getting pressure from the locals to keep the game there for the local revenue bump they get. However he coud be quite content to make it appear that Brandon is holding a gun to his head and 'forcing' him to relocate it somewhere that results in UConn Athletics getting a much bigger check. He gets a rep for support the local community and gets a bigger check out of the deal.
As a side note, UConn's AD is a Michigan grad. Small world.
that the relevant question is "what does UConn's AD want?" I completely reject that. I care more about what UConn's coaches, players, and fans want. Those are the people college football is supposed to be about if we're not doing it completely fucking wrong.
It's the AD's job to speak for the fans. Are you going to have a poll asking them whether they prefer to play in Storrs, Foxboro, or the Meadowlands?
I get your intent, but it's not realistic. There are a ton of UConn alumni around Boston and New York, I would be willing to wager there are more in the NY metro area than near Storrs.
This is not a sacrifice. If you've been to Storrs you would know what a crap hole that stadium is. This is a win-win scenario.
Frankly, if you're for the players and coaches and those guys, the fans are kinda on the other end of the spectrum. Because most of the former's headaches come from the latter.
But if you're going to include them, what's better for "Michigan" fans (and players, and coaches)? Playing in a smaller stadium they can't get into, or more seats for them closer to where they're located? Brandon represents Michigan players, coaches and fans, not U-Conn's. And it's U-Conn's job to do what they think is best for their people.
I think what's best for Michigan's fans is to maintain a sport that is focused on creating meaningful, enjoyable football games played in college football stadiums, rather than focusing on brand awareness and packing people into Jerryworld because there might be an extra buck in it. The move toward neutral site games is a horrible development in college football, and it's particularly galling when we've already agreed to play a game at an opposing team's stadium and then try to wriggle out of it because our AD doesn't give a shit about the things that he should actually be focusing on.
Because at base I don't really disagree with you. I see the other side in this well thought out back and forth too. It's like a lot of life with ideals vs. fiscal reality. I just didn't see the fans as on the level of concern as the others. But I'm not a fan of neutral site games. Other than bowls.
then we shouldn't have agreed to play in Storrs. And we're not pushing for this because we think UConn's fans would like it more. And if UConn's AD agrees to it, it won't be because of fanbase preference, any more than Indiana selling a home game to Penn State was. It will be because Captain MBA thinks he can squeeze more dollars and "brand awareness" out of a lifeless game in a 75% full NFL stadium than out of an actual goddamn college football game.
There is absolutely no doubt that $ pays a big part of this scenario. I hate the Jerry World game. Love playing Alabama, but hate that it's in Jerry World.
But this different. From the UConn AD's point of view, he is giving more of his fanbase an opportunity to see their team play in potentially the most "special" game they've ever played in. And it's still a "home" game for them. Not a neutral site.
Not ever caring what your AD wants seems to be the perfect way for your program to end up in the red and a complete fiscal basket case. The AD's job is to ensure the longevity and stability of the program. Schools hire them and pay them for a reason. You don't hire a guy to run business ops and then spend the next decade ignoring him. Doesn't mean he wins every argument, but a blanket concept of not caring what he wants will just end poorly. Even Michigan did its time in the red prior to Bill Martin coming in and righting the ship in terms of cash flow.
about what UCONN's fans want?
He's running a $100 million a year athletic department, not a charity.
He's a former Michigan player and former Associate AD at Michigan.
So yeah, I imagine Warde and Dave have crossed paths a time or two.
But contracts get amended all the time. Schools buyout of these contracts all the time.
Michigan would easily clear $2 million with an extra home game to pay off the buyout. Michigan is making $4.7 million from the Alabama game contract. I assume a home game would be equivalent or more than that. It sounds like Brandon is trying to avoid this by working with UConn though instead of buying out, and may actually deserve praise for doing so. None of us know the entire story right now.
Let's not act like UConn's game is on their campus and is part of the overall school experience. Rentschler Field is in Hartford, 20 miles away from campus and next to a freaking Cabellas. Yes, UM signed a contract, but saying "let's move it farther away so more people can see it" doesn't sound like "pulling rank." UConn would get more money, UM and UConn would be played in front of more people who actually want to see the game (it would definitely sell out the Meadowlands), and everyone would be happy. I see very little of "it's beneath us" and a whole lot of "we can make more money playing somewhere else."
Just an FYI - the game is not actually in Storrs, it's in East Hartford, which FWIW is very accessible by car or plane. It's small but if you were going to go from a distance the logistics are pretty easy. Also, there could easily be 20K M fans there for that game - might actually be fun.
I agree with you 100%. One caveat here though is that Rentschler field is about 25 miles from UConn's campus.
That said, your word is your word. We're pulling an ND right now.
not improve our facilities and have USC, Oregon, even MAC schools get our recruits because of facilities. Your arguement is valid, but not for 1 team.
CFB is about money. Get over it.
the football program is not remotely strapped for cash.
Because of financially motivated decisions.
The contract was signed. Parties knew what they were in for.
Unless people were expecting UConn to make the leap to BCS domination, the environment is the same as when this agreement was made.
Propose Meadowlands, sure. If no go...
...then it's a no go. And UM go go to UConn.
...which made zero sense to begin with.
"They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash."
To play devil's advocate, if we had a scheduled return game against an opponent that had the ability to sell about 20k more tickets than the Big House holds, and they were lobbying us to move the game to some mythical locale that holds 130k, we wouldn't be very happy.
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if we had a scheduled return game against an opponent that had the ability to sell about 20k more tickets than the Big House holds.
But the difference between a 40K seat stadium and a 60K stadium is a lot bigger, proportionally, than the difference between 110K and 130K. Rentschler Field is undersized for a major college program; they are aware of this and are probably going to expand at some point if the demand is there.
The problem is the state legislature, which also likes money, but they like it to go to their consituents who own businesses near the stadium and into the state's coffers via sales and hotel tax revenues. Any attempt by UConn to move the game's going to run into some pretty substantial push back.
I doubt we ever intended to play the game in their stadium. I too prefer that it get moved.
The contract includes a $1mm buyout. Buying out of the game would be a permitted action under the contract. Seeking to renegotiate the contract in a manner acceptable to both parties is not a bad thing. If UConn says no, we'll play at Rentschler. If they agree to an amendment to the deal to relocate the game, it'll be a mutual deal.
I don't understand why everyone's so up in arms about honoring the contract. We're either exercising our rights under the contract or agreeing to amend the contract. Neither is unethical.
of what Brandon is doing. I'm questioning the wisdom. It reflects an attitude that the "football" portion of college football (and the attendant atmosphere) should be trumped by other aspects, which is foolish.
I understand this is all about the money but am I the only one who enjoys seeing Michigan play in new places? They made the deal. uconn didn't ask for the game in 2010 to be moved to Ford Field or Soldier Field. Honor the deal.
True, but the game had a stadium rededication, 113,000+ fans and Brock Mealer leading the team onto the field. Denard didn't have a bad day either.
You have to honor commitments, but I also wonder how much it would cost to exercise the escape clause.
Financially, it's a better deal for UConn. More seats and higher ticket prices means a lot more money for UConn. We benefit by having more room for Michigan fans and getting better exposure.
But yeah, I kinda enjoy seeing us go to new places. Once you agree to a road game over a home game, I don't see how it really matters that it's in front of 40,000 or 90,000. It's not like you're getting a cut of the gate. Now, if he can jack it up so there's more money for all, and a unique experience for players, that's fine. But you already gave up the big cash when you made it a home and home because U-Conn was needed for a "big opponent" for the rededication game. Should have probably gotten anyone for that, if that was what Martin considered "big." So I don't really have a problem with it either way.
I don't disagree, but Rentschler Field isn't much of a "new experience" - it's a crappy mid-sized stadium near a Cabella's in East Hartford. The state requires UConn fans to drive there, pay parking, etc. to watch games, and the ambiance is nothing to write home about. I'm sure a game in Boston or NY/NJ would be at least as memorable for both teams, and would net each school at least as much money. Of course, the CT legislature will throw a fit, so I kind of doubt they'll go for it.
Michigan has never played there so it is a new experience. I'm not sure why the proximity to Cabella's is part of why it's a crappy stadium, it was built on a little used airport just across the river from downtown Hartford and is surrounded by fields which makes it convenient for tailgating. I'm not sure how the state is forcing people to drive to the game and pay for parking. If you really want you can take a bus or a taxi or something to get there and every stadium charges for parking. For students the school provides buses from campus to the stadium and most of the fans live in the Hartford area anyway since Storrs is in the middle of nowhere.
I'm way wishy washy on it. I just wish it was another home game, frankly. But you're right, I don't think Team 134 is going to tell their grand kids "this one time we played up AT U-Conn..."
And is not the worst idea. It fits 64,000 (built when Yale was actually one of the best teams around), has major parking/tailgating space thanks to the one day a year when it's in real demand (Harvard/Yale), and is in a town that's accessible by public transport from NYC.
Personally I like it because it's a good old-fashioned no-frills college-football stadium. It has that autumn feel to it. Foxboro looks like a spaceship and Yankee Stadium is not designed for football. Yale Bowl!
Why don't we schedule our old rival Chicago. I wonder if the NCAA allows FBS teams to play D3?
The idea of Michigan playing at the new Stagg Field... Giggles all around. Place is like a middle school field with nicer turf.
Gotta give UC credit where credit is due. They wanted to go in another direction with athletics, and they've stuck to their guns.
No advertising. I like it.
It's a good thought (although the Yale Bowl's pretty decrepit), but I doubt Yale would agree to the deal. Big disruption unrelated to the college and it's not like Yale needs the money.
None of the Ivies would ever agree to play us, much less Yale. A) They don't need the money, and B) They steer their programs away from the concept of big-time football. Those schools are indisputable, undeniable examples of programs that put "student" before "athlete."
The Ivy teams are college football in its purest form.
To be clear, the topic was holding the UConn game at the Yale Bowl, but "they don't need the money" still holds.
Those schools are indisputable, undeniable examples of programs that put "student" before "athlete."
You might be surprised to find out just how much the Ivies lower their standards to admit athletes. If you're a talented athlete, you don't have to be anywhere near the academic profile of a typical Ivy student to get admitted.
Seriously, this is an excellent idea. Seems like it would never happen, but here's hoping.
I'd love to have it at the Yale Bowl -- and not only because I live in New Haven. It seats 24,000 more fans than Rentschler, and was named by sporting News as one of the iconic football venues in the country. It also has great access to NYC and Boston (and Hartford, for that matter), and the city here could use the cash infusion the game would bring. (In light of the later two points, both Michigan and the City of New Haven might have an interest in giving some financial support to a Yale Bowl game).
What's more, in 2014, the Bowl will be celebrating its centennial. Why not bring in some major college football to celebrate?
This idea is pretty awesome. Turns out I'm not pro-Meadowlands, just anti-Rentschler.
The Yale Bowl would be awesome. I think that'd be a pretty good compromise: it's larger than Rentschler field and still in the state of Connecticut.
I believe the Yale Bowl was the inspiration for the Big House design.
This is football... There are no guaranteed contracts
why not Giants stadium? Right outside NYC.
Same thing as the Meadowlands.
Yeah, my comment looks pretty stupid now, but I swear it was in there before the update that specified the Meadowlands.
Why sign a home and home with them then?
Welcome to the wonderful world of Bill Martin.
All of our Stadium renovations (football, hockey, basketball) beg to differ
Well then that would make sense. New guy trying to get out of a bad contract.
Dave Brandon: because nothing says class like sneering at the opposition's teeny stadium wherever it is located in football-palookaville and suggesting, openly or not, that UM is far too big and grand and old to play in your back yard.
Michigan is, what, one of the five wealthiest athletic departments in the country. It doesn't really need an extra couple of hundred thousand dollars.
Anyway: I'd rather play at UConn than host some of the non-conference games Brandon is scheduling.
The deal was done by Martin, so Brandon apparently feels no allegience to the fact that we agreed to play in Storrs CT (or wherever their stadium is). I get asking about moving it, I get pushing back a little. But I'm with the "honor the deal" folks. I know it's about the brand and it's about the money, but the "Michigan Brand" more and more just means "money for Michigan". Show some respect for UConn and play at their place. DB, if you don't like the deal, be sure not to make one like it on your watch.
I think they should play it on an aircraft carrier.
We have Akron the week before and a bye the week following this game, which potentially allows us to do something really interesting like play in Wembley Stadium or Estadio Azteca some other cool international stadium.
Screw everyone else. Keep college football where it belongs, in the US.
The last thing I want is for College Football to become some international traveling circus like the NFL is trying to be.
Wembley and the Azteca are small time. Inventing the future demands the biggest stadium in the world.
I once heard that Kim Jong-il scored 22 touchdowns in one game. At least that's what the north koreans tell me.
and kicked all the extra points as well.
Chuck Norris laughs at this folk tale and says the truth of the matter: that Chuck Norris scored 25.
Well, that was only because Kim heroically continued to play after being struck by lightning, but he just wasn't himself after that.
Was this before or after he shot 10 hole in ones on a 9 hole course?
After his 5th hole in one, he took a break and went and played a football game, then returned to make 5 more hole in ones.
Great Leader taught America's coaches everything they know!
I can get behind the Yale Bowl idea. Seems like it has the right sort college atmosphere to promote the pageantry. It also seats 22,000 more than Rentschler field... Which honestly looks smaller than some Texas high school football stadiums, and doesn't exactly ooz fall tradition.
I agree that if it comes down to it, just honor the contract, but if we can tweek it in some way that all parties can agree upon I don't see how that makes us the bad guys.
And the obligatory "Silly Bill Martin, home-and-homes are for traditional football powers!"
I went to UCONN's stadium for a USA v. Czech Republic soccer game in 2010. The stadium was bad and the parking was awful. I drove up from NJ for the game and it took us 3 hours to get from the highway to a parking spot. It was so bad that we decided to just hang out in the stadium for the post game show (got Alexi Lalas' autograph) and to hang out around the team buses after that (got a picture with Clint Dempsey) (I know cool story bro).
Anyway, the stadium is small and not a good place to watch a game, and the gameday staff for parking was horrendous, a lot of the parking was in a neighboring Cabela's parking lot and the rest was on a big field that had one single lane running through it that they would let cars on. My advice is get there ridiculously early (7 hours before kickoff) tailgate and get a great spot and leave right afterwards, otherwise plan on staying there for 3 hours after the game's over.
Brandon just said he wants one game a year starting next year with notre dame as the likely opponent per Angelis on twitter.
Brandon wants one night game a year at home starting next year. Irish seem likely opponent
I get Brandon's resistance to playing at UConn. He didn't agree to the series, and its not like playing at UConn is playing at USC. If Brandon got the game put in the Meadowlands, I wouldn't complain. I live in Manhattan so it'd be pretty easy for me to see the game.
Still, I think at this point he should just suck it up and let UConn have the home game. They obviously don't want to budge on it, and whether Brandon signed off on it or not, a deal's a deal. This is clearly a big deal to UConn to have this game. Honor the commitment your school has made, and in the future, if you don't want to schedule a home-and-home with a mediocre Big East team, its in your right to not do so.
Besides, that game will, in all likelihood, be a repeat of Michigan at Northwestern this past year. There will be a nice showing from the UConn student section, but a hefty showing from the NYC and Boston UMich alumni will drown out any hostile crowd noise. The student section will be gone by the half, and it will have essentially become a UMich home game on a smaller scale.
It'll be interesting to see what this game does for UConn season ticket sales, if it remains in Hartford. I just checked and UConn season tickets range from $100 to $300 for the season. It wouldn't surprise me if this game got similar prices on the secondary market, given the huge amount of Michigan alumni in a three hour proximity (when was the last time we played a game in the Northeast? Syracuse in 1999? And that's a lot further away than Hartford is from NYC and Boston). I wouldn't be surprised to see Michigan fans just buying season tix and putting all of them except for the Michigan game up on stubhub.
but what does the contract say. If it has a clause -- and I've heard it does -- that gives Michigan the right to pay a sum and not play at UCONN, then Michigan can do so without "breaching the contract". Then the question would be, what would UCONN do -- say fine and agree to play somewhere else or say fine and tell us to take a hike while they schedule ____ . If they choose the latter course, then Michigan can schedule whomever they want -- of course, 12 monhts out the options might be slim and lead to a Delaware State option rather than a school at the MAC or equivalent level (or better).
Beyond that, part of Brandon's job is to look out for Michigan's best interests. I'd argue that playing in Storrs in a subpar stadium that seats 40k is not in our best interests. I'd pay 2 million and whatever Delware State wants to replace 'Storrs' with 'Ann Arbor'. If UConn doesn't want to talk Meadowlands, that is their problem.
I'm not a huge fan of Brandon, but I don't blame him for trying to get this game moved. And if UConn gets a bigger payday out of it, then I don't get how this is a slight to them. Rentschler Field seats, what, 40,000? And they still can't sell it out?
It's their home game so they have the ultimate say over where it gets played. Any plan to move the game would have to be approved by them. If Brandon can can sell UConn's AD on playing the game in front of a larger crowd and guarantee everyone a larger payout, then why shouldn't the game be moved?
I'd bet that UConn's AD would be all for moving the game to the Meadowlands. It would garner exposure for UConn football in the New York market, something it doesn't really get, and would raise the profile of the game. But the state legislature seems to hold veto on moving any games away from Rentschler that were already contracted there as a terms of the bond funding used to build the stadium (which is owned by the state rather than the university).
The real question is not what's in it for UConn to move the game elsewhere, but what's in it for the State of Connecticut?
True. If it's the state's call and not the university's, then yeah, I don't see this happening. We'll just have to suck it up and play in front of a tiny-yet-half-empty stadium on the East Coast.
Well, it certainly won't be half empty for this game. Hartford's 2 hour from New York and 2 from Boston. Plenty of UM alums to fill the stands.
With Hartford 2 hours away from NYC and State College 5 (with tickets likely easy to come by, stubhub currently has tickets under face value for every game at Penn State this year other than OSU), 2013 might be the best year ever for East Coast fans to see the team in person without a flight.
Who wouldn't want their team playing in huge national venues regularly. Especially if he could somehow pull it off where the opponent were a team like Uconn or the like. I guess I just don't understand what it is that has so many UofM fans worked up about with Brandon. From what I can tell he has made some really business savvy decisions.
As a fan, I think it would be fun to see M play at such an "intimate" little stadium. Plus, given the proximity to NY and the host team's small fan-base, I'm guessing the crowd will be M-heavy, a la our games at NW. And, yes, a contract ought to be honored.
But there's nothing wrong with Brandon trying to work out a mutually beneficial alternate venue -- unless UConn is firmly against the idea. And I don't think it is. Otherwise, I doubt Brandon would be openly mulling the idea. That would just be incredibly obnoxious.
They should play the game in Oklahoma...
I was sort of disappointed when UConn was announced as the home-at-home to complete the 2010 schedule. This is why. We're filling up our schedule every year with cream puffs so that we can get as many home games as possible, But then we'll play in UConn's crap stadium?
I seem to recall that the UM-Connecticut game was viewed as a pretty even matchup at the time. UM was coming off two consecutive losing seasons, whereas UConn had destroyed somebody in their bowl game. I realize Michigan won by 20, but it seemed like a pretty good matchup going in.
Also, in the book Death to the BCS, there is a discussion about how Bill Martin tried to get a bigger name opponent for the stadium rededication game but couldn't find anybody, as all the major programs wanted to keep all their non-conference games at home. (I don't know how accurate that is, though; that book was kind of half-ass).
State legislature got into a huge huff when other games got moved, because of the money they put towards renovations. Having the game at the new meadowlands or foxboro would be awesome, but even at Rentschler, I expect Michigan fans to buy a ton of tickets.
Can you think of how embarrassing it would be for UConn to have their biggest home game ever in New Jersey or Massachusetts? I also saw the Yale Bowl suggested above. I think they would rather scrap the football program than play home games at Yale.
When it comes to building programs I think UConn knows what its doing. They've become a top 5 basketball program in the last 20 years and the football program is following a similar trajectory. I have to believe that they want the prestige and excitement that comes with hosting Michigan. Allowing DB to strong arm them into a neutral site would bring them more money, but would be shortsighted considering what their goals are.
Or maybe I'm just hoping they stick to their guns because I have a sweet parking hook up at The Rent!
The state of Connecticut built and owns Rentschler Field (Office of Policy & Management), so it's not surprising that the General Assembly would have a hand in saying that UConn has to play their home games there rather than at other venues.
That said, I'm not surpised that Brandon is looking at getting this game moved to the Meadowlands. You'd be going from a stadium with barely 40,000 in capacity to one with over 82,000. With its location close to New York City, Michigan alums from Boston to Washington, DC could reasonably drive there to watch the game in person.
In the end, I suspect Brandon will try to work with UConn's AD to get the game moved, but if unable to do so, he'll honor the agreement that Bill Martin put in place when the Huskies agreed to be the opponent for the Michigan Stadium Rededication game.
How about Ireland?
The contract says we'll play a game with Connecticut as the away team. If you have a shitty rinky dink stadium and one of the biggest names in your sport is coming, move the damn game so people can attend.
AAB said to think about what the coaches, players and fans want.
- If I'm a player, I want to play in an 80,000 person professional stadium in the biggest media market in the world against the winningest program all time instead of a Texas high school field at a college that cares infinitely more about their women's basketball program than they do about their football program.
- If I'm a fan, I want to be able to get a freaking ticket. Sure, home games are great. And hey, I already have season tickets so I'm fine. But there are more than 40,000 people that want to watch this game.
- I think the coaches know the location will have a small impact on the game. 40,000 people in UConn's stadium is not giong to provide the atmosphere of the Big House, Horseshoe, Beaver Stadium or Nebraska Memorial Field. Do they really think it will affect Michigan? If anything, a 60k-20k split of UConn-Michigan fans might actually make things more interesting.
- If I'm UConn's AD, I'm thinking a.) I can sell a ton more tickets and a ton more suites to UConn AND rich UM alums that populate NY/NJ/Conn, b.) PUBLICITAYYYYYYYYYY of playing Michigan at the Meadowlands.
I get that they invested in their stadium using public funds. They're still going to play 99% of their games there. Couple season ticket packages with purchasing a Meadowlands ticket and BOOM! lots of season tickets sold.
I would love the Yale Bowl idea. That stadium was the primary inspiration for the design of Michigan Stadium. I think it'd be an amazing road trip to go on.
The yale bowl is an old decrepit stadium with barely any press facilites and 0 parking it would not be smart to host it there
This is essentially a dream come true for me to be able to see Michigan play without having to go halfway across the country. I have talked to many of my friends here and although we would think it would be fun to go to Gillette for a game (It would most certainly be here 1.5 hours away from campus as opposed to 3 hours to New york) It's not easy for us to get there and would be an extremely weak student section. It also most likely wouldn't be included in our season ticket package as when we play at MSG for basketball its not. However thats just a students perspective.
is a relatively new, state-of-the-art stadium that seats nearly 70,000. It is about 40 miles from the Connecticut border (as little as an hour and fifteen minutes by freeway from the major campus of UConn). It's within a half hour train ride from Boston or Providence (and about four hours from NYC). So, it could draw students and other fans from multiple areas. (If the UM UConn game did not conflict with Patriots practice, maybe even Tom Brady would attend.) .
UMass plays their home games at Gillette now. They are scheduled to play Vanderbilt there on 9/21/13, the same day as the UM/UConn game.
It would be great to see it in NY. If only UCONN was good.
Brandon is just trying to steer his number 1 asset to maximize profit. You only get a dozen or so of these games a year and the football program basically funds everything else for the other dedicated athletes in the NR sports. He said he won't break the contract but he is actively trying to find a greater financial win win for both schools. He can't do anything unilaterally and if UCONN is deeply offended in any way I haven't seen it. The balls in their court. We've brain stormed a good half dozen alternative sites that would welcome the game. Let's see if something gets done.
Sorry but some fans thinking it would be "cool" to play in an unsuitable facility for a game of this stature is not a valid reason to punt on trying to move it when more money can be made.
a place equally inconvenient and unsuitable for everyone:
The city’s stadium is located in Frank J. Szot Memorial Park, which features a pond, two WWII tanks, and a fountain. Chicopee attained its fame from hosting The World Kielbasa Festival, a four day Polish food and polka festival run by the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce's Fireball Club.
Chicopee is not far from UConn. In fact, the city recently hosted Don Novello (aka Father Guido Sarducci), who had just returned from a star-studded celebrity roast of the UConn women's BB coach. Having recently tried in vain to drive the Ghost of the Bambino out of Boston, Novello then turned his attention to Chicopee. There, he drove his bicycle to the local Drive-in movie theatre, and tried to exorcise Casper.
Play it at Fenway.
What is the exact sticking point here anyway? Is UConn giving us a share of the gate receipts? I thought that in a typical home-and-home contract, the home team keeps all the revenue. In that case, it doesn't seem like it would matter to us where it'd be played.
The sticking point for DB seems to be that playing in front of 40,000 is beneath us.
Severla years ago, Michigan played Boston College at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. I believe the stadium sat about 38,000-40,000 at that time, and yet there was no dissent about our playing there. I don't recall who the AD was back then. I guess the times have changed and perhaps not for the better.
...to see teams like florida state, ucla, miami (ytm) at michigan stadium and we can pull these teams all the time. or, we used to... i don't care about teams like eastern michigan, miami (ntm), western michigan, utah, etc. i might go to one of these games because i haven't been to a game in 20 years, but who cares?!
imagine what it would be like for uconn fans to have michigan in their own back yard. i say we play where we agreed to play.
I completely agree!