Get ready for another Big Ten game in a baseball stadium.
Rutgers has moved its 2017 home game against Maryland, scheduled for Nov. 4, to Yankee Stadium, according to several reports. The news was first reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic.
The Scarlet Knights are apparently all-in on bringing that New York City market to the Big Ten. They lose an on-campus conference matchup but could gain some exposure -- plus a large check from the Yankees -- with the move. Rutgers' High Point Solutions Stadium seats just over 52,000, while the largest crowd for a football game at Yankee Stadium was 49,012 for the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.
Yankee Stadium isn't foreign territory for Rutgers football. The Scarlet Knights played in the Bronx baseball yard in the 2011 and 2013 Pinstripe Bowls and played a regular-season game against Army there in 2011. They also moved a home game against Army to MetLife Stadium in 2010.
It also isn't the first time a Big Ten team has moved a conference home game to a neutral field. Indiana swapped its 2010 home game against Penn State to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Nor is it the first time a league game was moved to a baseball stadium, as Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley Field, also in 2010. The Wildcats are hoping to return to Wrigley, perhaps as soon as next season. Illinois has moved three of its next three scheduled home games against Northwestern to Chicago's Soldier Field, starting this season.
Big Ten officials have discussed using neutral sites more often in conference games to take advantage of many of the large NFL stadiums in the league's footprint. But the idea hasn't gained a lot of traction, as schools -- especially those with large stadiums -- are understandably loath to give up home games.
Not all Rutgers fans will be pleased with this move, though the addition of an extra home conference game -- the East Division will get five league home games next year in the new nine-game Big Ten schedule -- makes it a little more palatable. We'll see if Maryland, which is close to some interesting venues like Camden Yards and FedEx Field, will be interested in returning the favor some day.