Michigan State could play at Cowboys Stadium
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Michigan State basketball has opened its season in the most unique of ways the past two years. Last season, the Spartans played against North Carolina on an aircraft carrier in San Diego — an event so monumental President Obama attended. This fall, they played Connecticut at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Veterans Day + college basketball’s season opener = creative ideas by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis.
Hollis’ latest revolutionary idea?
Play four games simultaneously at Cowboys Stadium, the site of the 2014 Final Four, on Veterans Day weekend, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis.
Davis spoke to Hollis Thursday, and he reports that the details aren’t finalized.
But here’s the gist:
The games will begin 15 minutes apart and be held side-by-side-by-side at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to “simulate the madness that takes place during the first week of the NCAA tournament,” Davis says.
“We’re going to squeeze everything into a three-hour time period,” Hollis told SI. “We’re talking with eight institutions right now that have a very high interest and have that weekend open, and we’re going to partner with the 12 [military] bases that are around Dallas, so we can make it a celebration for the guys at Fort Hood and others.”
Hollis did not say which schools would be participating, though he did confirm that Michigan State would be one of them.