NYCFC will get another opportunity to celebrate its championship. (USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK – To celebrate winning the MLS Cup, the New York City Football Club has announced that the city will host a ceremony on the steps of City Hall to honor the team and present the players with keys to the city Tuesday at noon.

“This is a historic win for NYCFC and for New York City,” NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “The grit, tenacity, and resiliency this team has displayed this season and in the final game has been an inspiration. On behalf of 8.8 million New Yorkers, congratulations to our champions! We can’t wait to celebrate with you at City Hall.”

Added NYCFC CEO Brad Sims: “We knew the journey to becoming champions would not be easy, and we took the responsibility of playing ‘For the City’ seriously. We can’t wait to bring our City’s trophy to the steps of City Hall and celebrate together.”

A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public to attend the ceremony at City Hall celebrating the NYCFC. Registration for the general public is first come, first served and will open Monday at noon here Tickets are free. They are not for sale or resale.

On Tuesday, December 14th, City Hall gates will open for ticket holders at 10:00 AM before the ceremony starts at noon. COVID safety protocols for the event are outlined below. Fans can watch the livestream of the full ceremony here.

COVID Safety protocols for City Hall event

All attendees, ages five and up, must bring proof of vaccination and a matching photo ID to enter the outdoor City Hall ceremony. Unvaccinated minors under age five must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Proof of vaccination for attendees ages 5 to 11 must show that they have received at least one dose of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer or Sinovac.

Proof of vaccination for attendees ages 12 and up must show that they have received at least two doses of an FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Persons who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will be required to: sign an attestation to that effect to enter the ceremony; present proof of a negative COVID PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours prior to the event; and if medically able to tolerate a face-covering, wear a mask for the entire duration of the event.

Sufficient proof of vaccination may be demonstrated by showing: NYC COVID Safe App, New York State Excelsior App, CLEAR’s Digital Vaccine Card, CLEAR Health Pass, or a photo or hard copy of their CDC vaccination card, or an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States.

NYC COVID Safe App stores proof of vaccination and photo ID in one place, only on the individual’s device. The app can also store proof of vaccination for children. Download the app for iOS or Android; the easiest way for ticket holders to check in for the ceremony on Tuesday.