New York: NY City FC without stadium progress
source: NYDailyNews.com / Fusion.net / HudsonRiverBlue.com; author: michał
They were to pay the first season at Yankee Stadium. As of now it seems the second, third and most likely fourth season in MLS might also be held at the ballpark instead of a soccer-specific venue.
New York City FC are one of MLS’s youngest franchises, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees. The team was awarded rights to participate in MLS back in 2011, but before their opening 2015 season failed to deliver a viable stadium plan. Temporarily, the team use Yankee Stadium, which was announced as the club’s shelter for their “first season”.
We’re almost half way into their second campaign and the progress seems minuscule, if any at all. NY Daily News asked club president Jon Patricof if there’s any update on the project.
“There’s no new news on the stadium,” Patricof said. “We’re working really hard on it. We’re extremely committed to finding a home in the five boroughs. We’re only gonna get to choose a stadium site once, so it has to be right. So we’re working really hard to find the right site.”
The MLS expansion team from Empire State were already linked to three potential schemes. First one in Queens (Flushing Meadows), second in Bronx and third at Columbia University. So far none of these proved possible to deliver, ending before a detailed design was drawn.
However, earlier this year several news outlets suggested there might be some improvement behind the scenes. Architectural giants Populous were linked to NYCFC’s search, even if only in optimistic speculations.