Report: NYCFC eying Columbia University space for stadium

Columbia University Baker

New York City FC continue to find novel possibilities for the construction of their sought-after soccer specific stadium.

But have they finally found a proposal that works?

The New York Times reports City are eying Columbia University’s Baker Athletic Complex as a potential partner to help realize their stadium dream. The 17,000-seat¬†Lawrence A. Wien Stadium would be replaced by NYCFC with a 25,000 seat stadium, with the MLS side footing the bill at $400 million. NYCFC and Columbia would share the grounds.

To sweeten the pot, NYCFC have also offered $30 million to renovate the surrounding athletic areas in the Baker complex.

The location would meet two particular criteria looked upon as vital for the organization in relation to a stadium ground. First, it will be located in New York City proper; a huge selling point for the club. Second, and perhaps just as important, the stadium is close to public transportation, with the A and 1 train in their general vicinity, and a Metro North stop connecting the area to the vastly unexplored Westchester area.

Parking would be an issue. The location is at the northern tip of Manhattan island in a largely residential area. The only available land would be the grounds NYCFC looks upon for a stadium.

Nevertheless, this is perhaps the most intriguing and realistic option for a soccer specific stadium since NYCFC’s pursuit of land in the South Bronx area.


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  • atmosphere

    Hudson River Park would clearly be the most exciting option. All I ask is that there are good places to drink before the game. Am I right?

  • Uptown

    Whenever we talk potential stadium sites, we get nothing but people arguing pros and cons of great areas. For example, “Long Island City would be great.” “Why did they ditch Flushing Meadows?” Both of those areas would be great but people forget that we are building in NYC and there are serious issues with building stadiums.

    The Columbia University – Inwood site does have some cons, but I think the author pointed out the two main ones that are worth considering in an extremely difficult area to build: In NYC and by public transit (and multiple transit options). Moreover, Inwood is actually a neighborhood (and a beautiful one at that). There are restaurants, bars and one of the most beautiful parks in the five boroughs. Will traffic be a problem? Yes. Almost certainly. Will NIMBYs get loud? Of course! But please tell me a site in NYC and has public transit that doesn’t have traffic issues and NIMBYs.

    I could care less where the stadium is. As long as it is in NYC and by the subway. Good job NYCFC.

  • Resguard

    They should play here first instead of Yankee stadium, see how it works in terms of transportation and fan support, then actually do the renovations and stadium build, it also gives the surrounding community an idea either to support or not the build.

  • Bill Reese

    The Hudson line only serves the western part of Westchester. You’d have to change at 125th St. to get to the stadium from White Plains, or from the Fairfield County, CT suburbs.

    • Ali is my man

      Says nothing. Seriously, what is wrong with you?

  • juberish

    Local community would have to approve the new stadium still correct?

  • iSkyscraper

    Many off-base comments here.

    First of all, the proposed site is not a “largely residential area”. It IS a residential area, period. The entirety of the site is zoned residential. Sports stadiums are not allowed in residential areas, for various reasons. It’s not being a NIMBY to point that out, it’s basic zoning and property rights. To build a new stadium would probably require a ULURP. Not clear how much say anyone local or otherwise would really get in such a process that involved Environmental Impact Statements, etc. The zoning is a huge hurdle here.

    Baker Field predated zoning and was there first, of course, but we’re talking about the third stadium to go there, not the original (demolished and replaced in 1983). A pro sports stadium playing 30+ dates a year with 25,000 fans is definitely a change in use from a five-times-a-year Ivy football venue that draws 5,000 average. It’s not just where to park the 5,000 to 10,000 cars that would show up (even the Yankees only get 45% of fans to use transit), it’s the general road network here, which is tiny and often jammed as it is.

    The immediate neighbors are in a state of shock over this entire proposal, to put it mildly. A stadium in Inwood is fine, but for heaven’s sake put it over the subway yard just to the east. All the transit, still a river view, plenty of room for parking garages, industrial zoning and no residents. The Yankees can afford it.

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    lol at leo. still grasping at straws are we? your fear of nycfc is most enjoyable. your obsession is border line crazy. cant wait for your reaction when the f.cosmos close down.

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