NYCFC has played at Citi Field twice before. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
Now New York City FC will call not one, but two baseball parks home for the 2020 season.
NYCFC Tuesday announced that it has moved four regular season games to Citi Field for the this Major League Soccer season.
The decision eliminates four midweek games, in favor of weekend matches, and minimizes congestion throughout the season, the club said. Not only does this move provide a more competitive schedule for players, it also provides a more convenient one for fans to attend games within the five boroughs, a press release said.
NYCFC has called Yankee Stadium home since it joined Major League Soccer for the 2015 season.
The Citi Field matches will take place on:
* Sunday, April 26
* Saturday, July 25
* Saturday, August 8
* Saturday, September 26
“We are committed to delivering the best fan experience to our dedicated and passionate supporters and we have heard from them that midweek games are less convenient than weekend match-ups,” NYCFC CEO Brad Sims said in a statement. “Additionally, we believe that reducing the number of occasions where we play three games in eight days will be a great competitive benefit for our players. While Yankee Stadium remains our home, Citi Field has emerged as an incredible alternative venue for us and moving four dates from midweek to weekends is the best option for our fans and players alike.
“The atmosphere created by our fans at Citi Field has been really special recreating the home field advantage we enjoy at Yankee Stadium. We hope this more balanced schedule will provide further flexibility and value for our fans and we are excited to play more games in front of our passionate and loyal fanbase in Queens.”
Citi Field is a familiar setting for NYCFC having served as an alternate venue on two occasions in 2017 and in the 2019 MLS Eastern Conference semifinals.
“Moving these fixtures to Citi Field will create a more balanced schedule which allows our team additional recovery time and preparation days ahead of key league matchups,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said. “I know our players have greatly enjoyed the experience and atmosphere created by our fans at Citi Field in the past and we’re looking forward to playing there in the 2020 season.”