HARRISON, N.J. – It’s official. Red Bull Arena will host New York City FC’s Concacaf Champions League first-round home leg against AD San Carlos on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m., it was announced on Friday.
Yankee Stadium, NYCFC’s home venue in Major League Soccer, was not available.
RBA has been home to the Red Bulls since 2010.
: “The Champions League is a very important competition for us, and we’re looking forward to playing in this tournament for the first time in club history,” NYCFC CEO Brad Sims said in a statement. We’re proud and excited to be competing against the best teams across North and Central America and our involvement in this prestigious tournament is a testament to the fantastic season we had in 2019.”
Sims, however, did not adress why Yankee Stadium was not available.
“We do feel it is important for the game to be played at a venue in the greater metropolitan area, providing our fans with the opportunity to attend in person and support the team if they choose,” he said in his statement.
“Our focus now is to win and advance to the next round of the competition. We understand and acknowledge this move causes inconvenience to our loyal fans. In light of these circumstances, we will make admission free to all 2020 City Members.
“As always, I’d like to sincerely thank our loyal fans as they continue to support our team with great passion across multiple venues. They are vital in guiding our team to this competition, and it is greatly appreciated by the Club, coaching staff and players.”
If the City advances past the Round of 16, either Yankee Stadium or Citi Field will available for subsequent rounds, pending the Concacaf approval process.
Playing at RBA probably means NYCFC could wind up performing at four venues in the metropolitan area this year. Last year it used Belson Stadium for a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game.
Given the inconvenience of playing outside of the five boroughs, tickets will be free to all 2020 City Members. Members will receive a complimentary ticket for every full season seat on their account.
Additional tickets purchased for this game by City Members will be just $10. Tickets for non-2020 City Members will be $25. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports platforms and Univision Deportes Network.