Harlem River Yards Stadium
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||New York City|
|Cost||$ 700 mln|
|Design||Rafael Viñoly Architects|
Harlem River Yards Stadium – design description
This riverside site in South Bronx is already the 6th location for what could be the first home for NYCFC. After 5 failed locations, this time application was filed with strong partners, developers Related Companies and Somerset Partners. The latter company is already running a major residential project next to the proposed site.
The stadium's initial design was created by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, known in the sports world for Princeton University stadium and Manchester City's training facilities. Now he was employed by Man City's US offspring NYCFC.
He proposed a stadium that seems conventional, yet isn't. First of all, the field would be located above ground level in order to allow existing railyards to operate on the ground. Secondly, the site is very constrained in terms of access, which is why you see a double public concourse around the seating bowl.
Only above these public spaces is the conventional part: translucent and quite opaque roof and facades hiding the double-tiered stands able to hold 26,000 people for MLS games. According to initial reports, forced elevation of the stadium increased its cost by $75 million.
The football part extends beyond matchday use, including offices for 70 NYCFC employees and a soccer school. Beside the stadium a large residential unit is planned with 550 affordable apartments and a medical facility on ground floor (over 2,000 m2). Combined with public green waterfront area the entire site would cover 12.8 acres (5.2 hectares).
New York: NYCFC back to the Bronx? Residents wouldn't mind
Like a boomerang, NYCFC's search for a place to call home again hovers over Bronx, just south of Yankee Stadium. If this is to be the club's stadium site, residents would likely be in favour. Not unconditionally, though.
New York: Two more options for NYCFC
The sister-club of Manchester City FC might not end up in the Bronx after all. At least one location outside the northern NY district is being evaluated. But, on the other side, a return to the 2013 Bronx scheme is also on the table.
New design: Finally, MLS stadium in New York?
It's already the 6th proposal for an MLS stadium in the Big Apple only since 2011. The Harlem River Yards vision would put NY City FC in one of the most unique locations in global football.