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First soccer-specific stadium planned for New York

Queensboro FC (QBFC), an expansion club of the United Soccer League (USL), has unveiled plans to build the first ever soccer specific stadium in New York City.

York College of The City University of New York (CUNY) will be the site of its home games for the inaugural season in Spring 2022.

This will be the first ever purpose-built stadium, specifically designed for soccer, by any professional sports team in New York City.

Pursuant to a Summer 2020 Request for Proposals, CUNY awarded QBFC the contract to construct and operate a stadium on the York College campus to support the university’s academic and athletic mission, as well as enhance the college experience for its students, create local jobs, grow neighbourhood businesses, and develop the surrounding area of Jamaica, Queens.

In addition to hosting QBFC practices and competition play, the stadium will also serve as the venue for York College’s commencement, CUNY Athletic Conference tournament games, and other free or ticketed events.

Staying true to the club’s vision to deliver an innovative and unique fan experience, the 7,500-seat modular stadium will be designed in partnership with Populous, a leading global architecture firm that has created some of the world’s best sporting facilities.

Special attention has been made to ensure the stadium adheres to the highest standards and best practices of a post-Covid era, with frictionless commerce along with other health, safety, and sanitation protocols.

The pitch will be a turf playing surface, which will allow the venue to be a year-round asset for sports, entertainment and community events.

Jonathan Krane, Owner of Queensboro FC, said:

Today is an exciting day for Queensboro FC . The announcement of our home stadium site at York College represents a bold new chapter for professional sports in New York City.  More importantly, we are proud to deliver  our QBFC fans a dedicated soccer specific venue, built by and for the Queens community, bringing us all together to celebrate the beautiful game.

CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez added:

The City University of New York is proud to partner with Queensboro FC  in bringing a professional soccer stadium to York College in Queens, a place world-renowned for its cultural and linguistic diversity, and for its love of el fútbol. This new stadium is a great addition to the York College campus and will benefit not only CUNY students and the local community, but all New Yorkers and fans of soccer.

Aly Wagner, former US Women’s National Team star and currently part of Queensboro FC ownership group said:

The soccer community in Queens is finally getting what they’ve always wanted – their own team and their own stadium. We have worked really hard over the past two years to bring QBFC to life, and this stadium represents a huge step forward.. It will serve as a physical manifestation, and a leading example, of how to build a modern-day soccer team in an ever-changing world of sports and entertainment.

Image courtesy of Populous