Hot Ticket: Demand forces New York City FC to open upper deck seating for home opener


NEW YORK – The nosebleed section isn’t just for baseball anymore.

Over 25,000 tickets have been sold for New York City FC’s inaugural home match at Yankee Stadium, forcing the club to open upper deck seating for the throngs of fans curious to take in the fledgling MLS side.

“We are excited to be making more tickets available as we see such strong demand for our first ever home game,” team president Tom Glick said in a club statement. “We are extremely pleased that so many New Yorkers want to be part of history and be there as we kick-off in New York City. This is a landmark moment for our Club and for soccer in New York.”

“We are extremely excited about playing in front of our fans in New York for the first time,” head coach Jason Kreis added. “We have had fantastic support throughout our pre-season. For the team and for me, playing in front such a large crowd at Yankee Stadium is going to be very special.”

The 25k number signifies a sellout of the stadium’s bottom bowl.  Usually, 27,528 tickets will be made available per match.  However, some 33,444 seats can be made available by Yankee Stadium on any given weekend, depending on demand.  That includes seating in the lower half of the upper deck bowl; the area which NYCFC have just made available for single game tickets.

The announcement follows shortly after another big achievement for the club — breaking 14,000 in season tickets sold this week.


NYCFC announced the signing of SuperDraft pick, Connor Brandt.

“I had a meeting with the team when I was there in Florida. They made me feel I was very welcome before I was even drafted,” Brandt said in a club statement.  “I left the room thinking, ‘I’d love to play for Jason and Claudio.’ They’re pushing me to be a better player and better person off the field as well.”

He will play a converted left back for the club, following years of work as a midfielder.

“It’s been a good transition for me,” he said. “I had a few spells at left back my junior year at USD, so I’m familiar with the position. I like it because of the way we like to play. We attack out of the back, so not only am I playing a defensive role, I’m still getting to attack and get up the flank like I normally would in college.”


  • Frank

    That’s a lotta plastics

  • Stephen

    Can the league really afford a work stoppage?

  • Niche Chavez

    (Sigh) Isn’t everything about NYCFC just dreamy? (Sigh)

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  • El Paso tx Cosmo

    Let’s be honest and say they will be a success, no matter what. Once nycfc get their stadium they will easily average about 18k a game or more, just like red bull but hopefully their ownership and front office is smarter and treat their fans with respect and honor.
    As for red bull, they have about 5 years of life and that’s till nycfc get their stadium and that’s if red bull fans support them because from the way it looks nycfc is taking this serious.
    Now for cosmos, if red bull doesn’t get real in about 5 years or less, then cosmos might have a chance of entering MLS and hopefully the new cba will get cosmos into MLS.
    I don’t see 3 MLS teams in New York, but you never know and that’s only if red bull rebrand.