Via the Washington Square News:
For Red Sox fans, it’s your worst nightmare: Front and center in Yankee Stadium receiving your diploma.
Is this hell?
NYU Red Sox fans say yes – and it’s a reality.
It has been a month since NYU announced its decision to hold this year’s commencement at Yankee Stadium, home of what Red Sox and Mets fans consider the Evil Empire. Usually held in Washington Square Park, the ceremony was moved due to renovations.
“If that happens to me, I will cry,” said CAS junior and lifelong Sox fan Rachel Chapman. “Graduation is such a community thing, and when you put it in a sports stadium, you’re including another community.”
But depending on the baseball game schedule, the 2009 graduation could be moved to Citi Field, the new home of the Mets, set to open in April 2009. If the class of 2009 has their commencement in Yankee Stadium, however, there is a chance it could be in the new Yankee Stadium, also opening in April 2009.
“I would rather graduate somewhere that’s more neutral, because I’ve always kind of thought of graduation as a momentous, happy occasion, and I wouldn’t really want to associate it with the Yankees,” said CAS junior and Mets fan Francesca Basile.
Sox and Mets fans have no problems, whatsoever, flooding Yankee Stadium when the Yankees are playing their favorite team. But, I can see where this could be different.
My college graduation was held at the Felt Forum (at Madison Square Garden) back in the day. At that time, I never thought about the “other” stuff that was held at that location – I was just happy to be done with school and looking forward to working.
Still, as a fellow fanatic of a baseball team, I feel for the Red Sox and Mets fans on this one.