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MSU basketball at Cowboys Stadium? What should be the Spartans’ next unorthodox venture?

So first there was the aircraft carrier game in San Diego last season, then the airplane hanger game at Ramstein Air Base in Germany last month. And now, there’s talk of Michigan State playing in Cowboys Stadium next year, simultaneously with three other ongoing games.

And at some point, you figure that long-discussed game against USC at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, Greece, will come together.

All of these are the brainchildren of MSU athletic director Mark Hollis, the “mad scientist,” as Spartans coach Tom Izzo calls him.

So what should be next? What venue or location or concept would be cool to see and is mildly feasible?

I’d love to see MSU take on St. John’s at New York City’s Rucker Park. The problem, of course, being NYC’s weather in November — even a dry day would probably take several dozen space heaters.

But if you can turn a naval ship into basketball arena, certainly you can temporarily cover and heat Rucker Park, right?

Outside of basketball, what about a hockey game on an actual lake? Guessing insurance wouldn’t be cheap.

Or a baseball game at the Field of Dreams site in Iowa?

I’m interested in your ideas. Who knows, maybe it’ll spur another out-of-the-box concept from Hollis.

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11 Responses to MSU basketball at Cowboys Stadium? What should be the Spartans’ next unorthodox venture?

  1. avatar Gerry says:

    A Land Grant Classic over Thanksgiving Weekend or in mid December, featuring Kentucky, Arizona, NC State, Florida, Cal, Purdue, Oklahoma State and MSU. Have it at Ford Field or in Indy and make it a traditional elimination tourney with a championship game

  2. avatar marky mark says:

    How about playing a game closer to home? Kind of senseless to travel across the country just to lose, then make excuses about jetlag, and what ever else they can come up with.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      How about scUM actually playing a road game? Although it is tough for opposing teams at Crisler arena, it’s not nicknamed the library for nothing…

    • avatar BK4MSU says:

      I think you’re missing the point of these games. The Carrier Classic and the game at Ramstein Air Base this year were to honor our armed forces…. These games aren’t really about winning and losing more for experience and respect.

  3. avatar MAB says:

    Can they find a way this year to play a game at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago (Jabari Parker’s high school)?

  4. avatar dmbtierney says:

    The Cowboy’s stadium games could work. I would put 10-ft. curtains between the courts so the players would not be visually distracted, but the fans in the stands would be able to see all four games with no problem.

    Four courts would just about fill the stadium floor. Therefore, fans of each school would need to have seats in close proximity to their teams game–you wouldn’t want to be sitting at one end of the stadium while your team was playing four courts away at the other end.

    Also, the noise from each of the four games could prove to be very distracting to all involved. All in all, an interesting idea, but probably the least practical of all of Hollis’s efforts thus far.

    As for further ideas, how about a game in the Goodyear blimp hangar in Akron, Ohio? Man, you could stage a Final Four in that building! Or a football game at MIS? Or basketball games at the Palestra or the old Fordham gym?

  5. avatar MLM89 says:

    Outdoor game in January. How you ask? It’s summer in Argentina, Brazil and Australia. Those countries have a fair amount of players in the NBA. Could help expand the recruiting base.

  6. avatar Trophy says:

    I would like to see a football game in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. It’s not exotic, but draw a good crowd at the venue and on TV.

  7. avatar Trophy says:

    I would like to see a football game in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. It’s not exotic, but will draw a good crowd at the venue and on TV.

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