Last night, Italy’s Juventus and Mexico’s Club America played soccer at Citi Field, the home of the Mets. But this match was hardly the first instance of a sport taking place where you wouldn’t expect it—think of that ridiculous Illinois-Northwestern game at Wrigley last year—and it will hardly be the last. Here are five out-of-their-element sports events to check out in the next six months.
Soccer in a football stadium
Dates: July 28, July 30, August 3 and August 6, 2011
Details: Juventus vs. Club America was just one leg of the Herbalife World Football Challenge. The next two weeks bring four matches in football stadiums from North Carolina to Maryland to Florida, culminating in Barcelona vs. Club America at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. All the missed offside calls should look awesome on that giant screen.
Basketball on an aircraft carrier
Date: November 11, 2011
Details: North Carolina and Michigan State are scheduled to face off in the first-ever Carrier Classic, which will take place on the top deck of the USS Carl Vinson, moored off the coast of the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego. Seating for 7,000 fans, mostly military vets and their families, is planned. Which means there will probably be overpriced tickets on StubHub.
Football in a baseball stadium
Dates: November 12 and December 30, 2011
Details: Lost in the ranting and raving over the Wrigley Field football game is the fact that on the same day, Notre Dame and Army played at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx with no trouble whatsoever. So they’re gonna have two games there this fall. The first is Army vs. Rutgers. The second is, not kidding, something called the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. We are willing to bet it will not feature, say, Oklahoma vs. Alabama.
Hockey in a baseball stadium
Date: January 2, 2012
Details: The NHL’s hugely successful Winter Classic returns for its fifth year. The 2012 edition features the Rangers vs. the Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Eating a cheesesteak, cursing about how damn cold it is and watching grown men pummel each other? Just another day in Philly.
Squash in a train station
Dates: January 20 to 26, 2012
Details: Admit it, you were worried we’d forgotten this one. But yes, professional squash’s Tournament of Champions will somehow, for the fifteenth straight year, take place in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Last year, we got smashed in the Oyster Bar around the corner and won three matches before we even realized what was going on.