NYCFC Moves Game to Connecticut

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

NYCFC logoOnly days after news broke on EoS that representatives of New York City FC visited the Belmont Park site for a potential new stadium, the club announced on Tuesday that it is being forced by the Yankees to play a home game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 23.

The match against the Houston Dynamo that was scheduled to be played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx was moved to accommodate a Yankees makeup game from a rain out earlier this season.

The club said in a news release that the stadium, which has hosted numerous national team matches, including a United States national team game against Ghana on July 1, was the best option after an exhaustive search for alternatives.

“Pratt & Whitney Stadium is a great venue for us due to its wonderful playing surface and facilities,” Claudio Reyna, the club’s sporting director said. “Hartford is a great soccer city which has hosted many important international games — I played there in a couple of games for the National Team many years ago – and it was always a wonderful place to play with a fantastic atmosphere and environment. We’re looking forward to playing there and having our fans come out and support the team in Hartford.”

NYCFC said that fans who  have tickets to the match on Sept. 23 would have the option to exchange their tickets to another regular-season match at Yankee Stadium or receive a refund. Fans will have access to a presale for tickets to the match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at a discount. The club also said it was investigating transportation options for fans — the stadium is about a two-hour drive from the New York area.

NYCFC, a club owned by the City Football Group in a partnership with the Yankees, is playing its third season at Yankee Stadium. The stadium is easily accessible by mass transportation, which has made it an easy trip for fans in most of the five boroughs. While Belmont Park remains an options, the club is known to be looking at other possible locations for a new stadium, though building in New York City is never easy and never quick.