Mayor Bloomberg: NYCFC will play in Yankee Stadium


It took Major League Soccer nearly two years and millions of dollars to attempt to find a home in New York City.

They came up woefully empty handed.

Now, if Mayor Mike Bloomberg is to be believed, it has taken the New York Yankees and Manchester City all of six weeks to solve the problem.

In a press release celebrating the All-Star game in Citi Field, Mayor Bloomberg inadvertently revealed that New York City F.C. has found a home in Yankee Stadium.

“Just look at our three newest sports arenas: the new Yankee Stadium; the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets; and the Mets’ home base, Citi Field,” the release reads. “Each pumps millions of dollars into our economy with every game they host. And each venue is gearing up to play an even bigger role in our city’s economy.

“Yankee Stadium will become the home of the New York City Football Club, the first soccer club in the five boroughs since the 1970s,” he revealed. “Barclays will add the New York Islanders to its roster in 2015. And, of course, Citi Field is hosting Tuesday’s All-Star Game.”

Just last week, various reports gave an early indication of just how dead the team’s quest for a Flushing Meadows Park stadium was. First, Queens Borough Presidential candidate Leroy Comrie proclaimed that “the site doesn’t work.” Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough President, then said he had heard NYCFC officials had “walked away” from the Flushing project.

Later that week, current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall gave her thumbs up to a project that would erect a massive mall in the parking lot West of Citi Field; a severe blow to the available infrastructure critical to the Flushing Stadium project.

Aside from their May 22nd press conference and a Facebook Q&A with Technical Director, Claudio Reyna, New York City F.C. has been out of the public eye for weeks as they attempt to assemble personnel and infrastructure for the 2015 season.

As reported on EOS back in June, both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field were being considered as an intermediary home for the club.

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    • The Cosmos getting approved for the Belmont stadium would make Garber’s head explode… Karma’s a bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Go NYCFC !!!!

  • What a joke. How many times did Garber indicate that any new franchise must have or build a soccer specific stadium. I really hope Belmont comes through for the Cosmos.

  • RustyShackleford

    This is unfortunate. So how does this work for the Yankees? Is this a crazy inconvenience for them?

  • FTL

    What a joke.

    I wonder how much MLS is now spending lobbying the NY state government against the Cosmos Belmont plans? lol

    • I doubt they would have any power to do that. NYCFC wants to be in NYC, Belmont and the Cosmos practice facility is in Nassau County. MLS and NYCFC would have to lobby the county officials because the county officials are pulling for stadium. Nassau county lost the islanders, we need a pro sports team east of the queens border.

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