Yankee Stadium - Other Events

Other Events

The first ever non-baseball event at the Stadium took place on April 25, 2009, with pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen holding a "Historic Night of Hope" prayer service.

A New York University graduation ceremony took place on May 13, 2009 with the address being delivered by U.S. Secretary of State and former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The 2010 NYU ceremony featured alumnus Alec Baldwin as a speaker. President Bill Clinton spoke at the 2011 ceremony.

The promotional tour for the Manny Pacquiao–Miguel Cotto fight began with an event at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 2009.

On June 5, 2010, Yuri Foreman fought Cotto in the first boxing match in The Bronx since 1976. The fight was referred to as the "Stadium Slugfest." Cotto defeated Foreman with a TKO in the ninth round.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played a college football game at Yankee Stadium against The Army Black Knights on November 20, 2010, with the Irish defeating the Black Knights 27–3. This marked the two teams' first meeting in the Bronx since 1969. Army played Rutgers in 2011 (Rutgers defeated Army 27–12), and will and Boston College in and 2014 at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium hosted the newly created Pinstripe Bowl, an annual college football bowl game that pitted Syracuse (3rd place Big East) against Kansas State (7th place Big 12) on December 30, 2010. Syracuse defeated Kansas State 36–34 in a shootout.

The Yankees were in discussions with the National Hockey League to have Yankee Stadium host the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. However, the NHL chose Heinz Field as the host. The stadium was a candidate to host the 2010 NHL Winter Classic before it was awarded to Boston's Fenway Park. Yankee Stadium is not expected to host the NHL Winter Classic for the foreseeable future, as the NHL requires the Winter Classic stadium to be vacant for a week before the game and the annual Pinstripe Bowl is held at the stadium several days before New Year's Day (the Winter Classic's traditional date).

Yankee Stadium has hosted several concerts. Rappers Jay-Z and Eminem performed the first concert at Yankee Stadium on September 13, 2010. Paul McCartney performed at Yankee Stadium on July 15 and 16, 2011. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, collectively known as the "Big 4" of Thrash Metal, performed together for the second time in the United States at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011. Roger Waters performed The Wall Live at Yankee Stadium on July 6 and 7, 2012. Madonna stopped at the stadium during her MDNA Tour on September 6 and 8, 2012. 60,000 tickets for the first show were sold-out in 20 minutes.

As part of the 2012 World Football Challenge, Chelsea played with Paris Saint-Germain on July 22, 2012 in the first soccer match at Yankee Stadium, the match ended in a 1–1 draw. The Stadium hosted a soccer match between A.C. Milan and Real Madrid on August 8, 2012.

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