New York City FC announced on Friday morning that it has selected HOK as the architect and Turner Construction Company as the general contractor to design and build the city’s first soccer-specific stadium.
The MLS team said in a press press release that it was “confident that HOK and Turner will successfully deliver the club’s vision for a world-class 25,000-seat stadium that will become a community resource.”
NYCFC is working with the Queens Development Group to build a stadium in Willets Point, which will include 2,500 units of 100 percent affordable housing, a 650-seat new public school, a hotel, open space, and NYCFC’s fully privately financed stadium.
Following the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure approval process, construction on the $780 million project aims to be completed for the club to play there for the 2027 MLS Season.
“We’re extremely excited to announce HOK as the architect and Turner Construction Company as the general contractor for our future home,” NYCFC CEO Brad Sims said in a statement. “It is clear that HOK and Turner are the right partners to bring our vision of a world-class stadium that is integrated into the local community. Soccer is known around the globe for its incredible in-stadium atmospheres, and we are committed to delivering a best-in-class experience for our fans in a stadium that reflects the greatest city in the world.
“This project will be transformative for Queens; the World’s Borough is the perfect location to build the City’s first stadium for the world’s game. Stadiums are where people come together, and we share a vision with HOK to ensure our stadium becomes a destination of soccer for our fans while playing an important part in the development of Willets Point. HOK is renowned for designing some of North America’s most successful stadiums, arenas, and entertainment districts, and we are looking forward to working with them as we enter the ULURP approval process. Turner is recognized as a leading builder of stadiums, arenas and ballparks – including one dozen Major League Soccer stadiums – that support the communities in which they are built.”
HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment key projects include St. Louis CITY SC’s new CITYPARK, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (home of NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United) and the renovation of State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the renovation of Footprint Center in Phoenix, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Rogers Place and the ICE District in Edmonton, Alberta and Little Caesars Arena and The District Detroit. HOK also designed the new award-winning Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, which was designed and constructed as one of the largest public-private partnerships in U.S. aviation history. With 1,600 people across 25 offices worldwide, HOK will draw on its interdisciplinary team of planners, designers, and engineers for the project.
Rashed Singaby, principal and senior project designer at HOK, said that “Our design will embrace the multi-faceted identity of Queens, Flushing Meadows and the site’s industrial heritage, offering fans an unprecedented, hospitality-driven game-day experience while integrating into the local community as an everyday asset.”
HOK’s design will position the stadium along the edge of 126th Street.
The stadium will provide a variety of year-round amenities and events. Designed with a pedestrian-friendly scale, the stadium will showcase cutting-edge technology. The site is adjacent to the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center and the Mets’ Citi Field.
Turner Construction Company has worked on many of the top sports venues in the world, including TQL Stadium, SoFi Stadium, Lower.com Field, the Golden 1 Center, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Levi’s Stadium, and the Intuit Dome.