Michigan to Play Colgate at New York's Citi Field
updated 11.06.2012 at 2.44 p.m.
The Michigan athletic department prides itself on being the "leaders and best." Well, the Wolverines 2013 men's lacrosse schedule certainly underscores that fact, with some outside the box thinking.
Listed on Michigan's schedule are a pair of neutral-site stadium games in new areas (and arenas): March 17 versus Colgate at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, home of the New York Mets, and March 2 versus Army at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
That's right, lacrosse in Queens.
Since it opened in 2009, Citi Field has, aside from Mets games, hosted Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band concerts (one of which I attended) and an Ecuador vs. Greece soccer match that drew nearly 40,000 people. But never lacrosse. Might it be sacrilegious mixing the two springtime sports, lacrosse and baseball? Evidently not.
A Michigan spokesperson said the university has a very close relationship with the Wilpon family, which owns the Mets. Fred Wilpon, the Mets' majority owner, is a 1958 Michigan graduate and the Wolverines' baseball complex in Ann Arbor dons the Wilpon name.
One man's opinion: The game will surely draw some of the Long Island crowd (Queens is geographically on Long Island) and spectators from throughout the tri-state area. Michigan also has one of the largest alumni bases in the country, a good chunk in New York. For Colgate, the matchup marks another stadium game in 2013 for Peter Baum and the Raiders, who are set to play Navy on March 23 at the Face-Off Classic doubleheader at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.
Michigan's game against Army at Sun Life is part of a doubleheader event dubbed the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic. The Syracuse and Florida women will also play that day.
This, for Michigan, is all in addition to a game against Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on April 13, held in conjunction with the Wolverines spring football game as it was last season. The game drew 4,458 fans in Michigan's first year as a varsity program under coach John Paul.
Game times for the events referenced here are listed as TBA. Michigan will officially announce its schedule via press release in the coming days.
Check back to LaxMagazine.com for more information as it becomes available.