New York City FC is making ‘significant progress’ towards building the club’s first permanent home and New York City’s first-ever soccer-specific stadium.
The 25,000-seat stadium would likely be built on the site of an old Yankee Stadium parking garage in the Bronx.
Construction is unlikely to begin until 2022 at the earliest and the MLS team would not move in until 2024 at the earliest.
MLS club NYCFC currently play their home games at Yankee Stadium, but are sometimes forced to move important home matches to other stadia.
NYCFC CEO Brad Sims told fans that although nothing has been finalised, there has been significant progress made on the stadium plans. He said:
We are actively involved with MADDD Equities, the Yankees, NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Bronx Parking Authority, and numerous Bronx community groups and local leaders to bring a transformative project proposal to the South Bronx, one piece of which would be a soccer-specific stadium.
We are proud to partner with MADDD Equities, a well-known affordable housing developer, and NYC EDC to grow our engagement with local community leaders as we embark on the public approval process.
Sims said that in the coming months, the club will take further steps to formalise its participation in the public approval process which will include engaging in meaningful public dialogue with community residents, civic leaders, supporters, and local elected officials to obtain critical feedback on the details of this proposal so that we can ensure the project meets the needs of the community and New York City as a whole.
The proposed stadium is part of a $1 billion development project that includes affordable housing, a new school, a hotel and retail stores.