UConn and Army's game at Yankee Stadium is 52 miles from West Point and a two hour drive from Storrs. UConn is trying to position itself as a New York team and the Yankees agree with that notion.
If the Yankees had their way, UConn would be in some more games at Yankee Stadium.
"The UConn Huskies….it’s great,” said Mark Holtzman, the Yankees’ Executive Director of non-baseball events. “I wanted to have you guys play here for many years. It’s really one of our dreams to get all the top local institutions to play here at Yankee Stadium and your place on the New York sports scene between your multiple national championships in basketball, what Geno [Auriemma] has done in women's basketball, Coach [Jim] Calhoun in men's basketball and then your football team we forget, it was only a few years ago that you went to the Fiesta Bowl and took the college football world by storm…we want you to consider Yankee Stadium down the road your home away from home and hopefully this is the start of many games that you’ll be playing here in the future.”
UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel likes the idea of playing games at Yankee Stadium, and said there are discussions about possibly future games, though he was quick to add that playing games at Rentschler Field is a priority, as is the home field advantage.
"I am open to many different discussions," Manuel said. "But Mark (Holtzman) knows that playing in the home base is important. We will continue to look at ...I want to make sure our team and fans have a great opportunity at home. I am open to discussions moving forward. Mark is very talented and very persistent."
UConn's profile in New York is very important to the school. The Huskies want to continue to expand their footprint in the Tri-State area and want to grow the football fanbase like it has done in basketball over the last few decades. UConn head football coach Bob Diaco, who starts his first spring practice next week, looks as the Yankee Stadium game as nothing but a positive.
"Anytime we can take show on the road and show people UConn athletics and what the university is about is a positive thing," Diaco said. " To be in this media market, the brand is strong, the football brand isn't necessarily strong, but the brand is strong. Fans Travel and follow there teams and they travel down here already. People from Connecticut come to New York to watch their favorite teams play."
The Huskies and Army will have a return game on Sept. 12 2015 at Rentschler Field. The game is slated to be on at noon or 3:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network according to Army, but nothing is official.