NYCFC has played at Yankee Stadium for four seasons and will play there for the foreseeable future. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
If New York City FC and its partners have their way, the soccer club could have a new stadium in the south Bronx.
The MLS team, along with Related Companies and Somerset Partners, have submitted a plan to New York state to build a 26,000-seat soccer stadium over the Harlem River Yards, according to NewYorkYIMBY.
The $700 million project will include more than 550 units of affordable housing and a waterfront park, the website reported Tuesday. The Harlem River Yards is a 13-acre area in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx that is operated by the Empire State Development Corp.
The stadium proposal has been designed by Rafael Viñoly.
NYCFC will have a permanent office for 70 fulltime employees.
The stadium will have a “Soccer University” of more than 1,000 students year-round whle using the venue every day
It also would serve as a permanent home for the charity, “City Soccer in the Community.”
If selected by the ESDC, the project could be completed as early as 2022, NewYorkYIMBY reported.
NYCFC, which has called Yankee Stadium home since its first MLS season in 2015, has looked in several areas in the city for its own home.
The proposed stadium site is south of Yankee Stadium.
The ESDC is the state agency in which the Cosmos presented their stadium proposal at Belmont Racetrack. The North American Soccer League team waited three years before the agency asked for new proposals. It eventually awarded it to the New York Islanders, who are building a hockey arena in Elmont, N.Y.
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