Yankees open to playoff game

NEW YORK -- Yankee Stadium has been hosting the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the past three seasons, but New York Yankees team executives have a grander vision in mind for the venue -- eventually hosting college football playoff games.

Yankees president Randy Levine, speaking at a news conference announcing a six-year partnership between the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference to play in the Pinstripe Bowl beginning in 2014, said no such discussions have taken place, but the team will reach out to NCAA officials about the possibility in the future.

"(We haven't had any discussions yet), but this is a pretty young bowl game," Levine said. "We've taken a step up we believe with the Big Ten and the ACC, and we believe that after performing for a couple more years, we'll be as good as any venue there is to a host a semifinal or eventually a (national) championship game.

"The people love the experience here -- all the college football games that have been played here have been outstanding. We do a lot of peer review after each and every football game here, and we've got nothing but the highest marks. Nobody has contacted us yet, but you can be sure we'll be contacting them after a couple more seasons."

The Yankees would have to overcome several obstacles to host a game of that magnitude. Their ballpark has a capacity of 54,251 for football. Nearby MetLife Stadium, which will host Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014, has a seating capacity of 82,566 for football.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN's Brett McMurphy in April that a non-domed cold weather venue would be a "longshot" to host the College Football Playoff title game.

As for the Pinstripe Bowl, ACC commissioner John Swofford said it's a partnership that "makes sense in every way."

The ACC is expanding north, adding Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame this season. The Fighting Irish will remain a football independent, but will play five games per season against ACC teams. Louisville will join in 2014.

Swofford says New York is now "a very, very important part of our footprint."

The Pinstripe Bowl announced a deal with the Big Ten earlier this month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.