Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rutgers to play Army at Yankee Stadium

BRONX, N.Y. (July 22, 2009)In a series that started in 1891, Rutgers and Army will play at the new Yankee Stadium in 2011, the two schools and the New York Yankees announced Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights will be making their ninth appearance all-time at Yankee Stadium. The Scarlet Knights played their first game in the historic ballpark in the Bronx on Oct. 22, 1927 vs. NYU.

Rutgers and Army will meet on Nov. 12, 2011 in the first game in series history between the two schools in the Bronx.

The last time Rutgers played at Yankee Stadium was Nov. 13, 1948 in a 40-0 victory over NYU to complete a 7-2 season.

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano commented on why New York is so important to Rutgers and how this game plays into it. “It is very important to us. I can say it in two words: Ray Rice,” said Schiano. “He was a very important player to us and to our program. He was great for us, and for the New York area. And for recruiting, to put your program in a venue like this, we take great pride in recruiting the best players in a three-hour circle of our institution. It’s going to be a great opportunity for our kids and for our program.”

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