It appears NYCFC will come Yankee Stadium home for several more years. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
If you think New York City FC will play in a stadium the MLS club can call its own any time soon, then don’t hold your breath.
In a Q&A story on the NYCFC website Wednesday, club CEO Brad Sims said the team still had not found “the necessary parcels of land.”
“From the time we enter the public approval process, we are plus or minus four years out from that point to stadium opening, if everything goes as we hope,” he said.
Sims added that land acquisition and the public approval process in New York City “are far more complicated in NYC than any other MLS club has ever had to deal with.”
No timeline was given in the Q&A.
Here is the stadium portion of the story:
Q: We really need our own stadium – what’s the latest?
As we have always said about our stadium project, we must ensure support from our community boards, community leaders, and local elected officials – and working with them to ensure that the project aligns with their goals and expectations is priority one. Without it, we will not be able to successfully move our project forward. We want to provide more clarity and manage expectations:
* The timing will be dictated by the public approval process. Once we have fully assembled the necessary parcels of land that process can begin.
* COVID did slow down the work to secure land, but that process has picked up significantly. More steps to go, but it is moving again in the right direction.
Out of all the MLS clubs, we operate in the most complex real estate environment in the country; things like land assembly and public approval process are far more complicated in NYC than any other MLS club has ever had to deal with.
* Despite all of the obvious challenges we’ve faced and continue to face, City Football Group and NYCFC is fully committed to building and investing in NYC. NYCFC will ultimately spend significantly more for our Stadium than any other MLS ownership group has for theirs.
* From the time we enter the public approval process, we are plus or minus four years out from that point to Stadium opening, if everything goes as we hope.
For the entire Q&A, visit:
NYCFC, which joined the league in 2015, will kick off its seventh MLS season at D.C. United Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. It will host FC Cincinnati in its home opener at Yankee Stadium Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
The team will play seven games and as many as nine at Red Bull Arena because of difficulty obtaining stadium dates due to the Yankees schedule this year.