NYCFC partners with Mayor De Blasio to build 50 NYC soccer fields

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

THE BRONX – Mayor Bill De Blasio, New York City FC, Adidas and the U.S. Soccer Foundation announced the launch of a partnership to build and maintain 50 soccer fields in underserved neighborhoods across the five boroughs Tuesday in The Bronx.

Each of the partners will contribute $750,000 to install acrylic fields in City-owned spaces. De Blasio said the fields will be built and installed in a year. The remaining fields will be built over the next five years. Ten more are expected to be built during 2017. Empire of Soccer understands the remaining sites have yet to be identified and discussions are still ongoing.

The initiative was launched inside the Millbrook Playground in the South Bronx. The playground is one of eight sites that are already confirmed throughout the City. There are two sites confirmed inside Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan with an additional site at the Eagle Academy on Staten Island. The locations can be found below.

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Reyna said discussions between all parties began about nine months ago. The private-public partnership is an expansion of NYCFC’s City in the Community and a partnership with the City Young Men’s Initiative which aims to provide mentorship opportunities for young men of color. The program will offer after-school soccer clinics, festivals and youth summits.

“We are literally leveling the playing field,” De Blasio said. “We are literally giving our young people an opportunity to have some of the great opportunities, great amenities that young people who are more privileged have as well. With the help of our partners providing a wonderful space for young people to play soccer in and prepare to be stars of the generation.”

The New York City Soccer Initiative will work in tandem with the US Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program that specifically aims to turn underused spaces in the inner city into soccer fields. Each of the neighborhoods identified have already been seen as targets for De Blasio’s efforts to build healthier communities. The City said these programs have improved children’s confidence, helped them make better food choices and enjoy going to school.

“When we can make space for children to play in, we’re saying that we’re invested in their long-term health and well-being,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement. “The City Soccer Initiative will open the doors to a whole new world for kids who may otherwise not have access to these programs.”

The fields will be built to be used year-round. It is expected to reach 10,000 children. The program is also a part of Soccer for Success’ goal of building 1000 fields to serve a million children within the next decade. NYCFC president Job Patricof said the initiative is part of the club’s efforts to be an enduring part of the community.

“Since our beginning, the club has been committed to increasing number of safe and accessible places to play in New York,” Patricof said. “This partnership will provide the perfect platform to expand this important work.”

  • slowleftarm

    New York is still red, right? That’s all I care about.

    • John

      How can NY be red when the redbulls play in New Jersey m practice in New Jersey and have their corporate headquarters in New Jersey. There are only 2 teams in New York NYCFC and Cosmos.

      Embrace New Jersey.

      • rafae

        So the NY Giants and Jets are New Jersey teams?

        • John

          The Jet and Giants have been in this area for a long time and both of them were NY based teams for a long time and its the NFL which rules sports…… The redbull situation is more like the NJ Devils and the NJ Nets (who are now the Brooklyn Nets) those team are not really relevant in the NY market and the Nets had to move to Brooklyn because they could not grow as the NJ Nets…. But the redbulls have an opportunity to market to an untapped market in NJ and grow their brand and fan base.

      • rafae

        Did I mention that your corporate HQ is in Manchester, England? (hmm…and ours is in Austria)

    • EPL fan

      hahaahahahahaha yes red just like De Commie he is a red

  • Angry Dave

    I wished they’d just build one. With seats, concession stands and maybe some parking…

  • Larry\’s a Simpleton

    Just like the mayor said, NYCFC is NYC hometown team. A REAL NYC team that gives back to the community. unlike those frauds out in nassau county!

    • Larry loves goats

      Hey larry!! Long time since we heard from you. I believe not at all since your team lost 7-0. Oh and to the NEWYORK cosmos.
      Hows your sex change surgery going?
      Can you per out your new vagina yet ?

      • Larry\’s a Simpleton

        lol! Typical jerky boy f.cosmos response! dont have the brains or the balls to debate a topic, so you have to resort to slurs like a 12 year old. must really suck to be a brainless witless little boy.

        so when are the f.cosmos going to do something for the benefit of the citizens of nyc?

        • EPL fan

          Larry why don’t u just shut up and put on your makeup for your walk up 12 avenue tonite – business as usual.

  • Mid Town

    All the more reason to hate NYCFC, Big Bird De Blasio is an absolute piece of **** of a human being! Someone needs to put a bullet in his head!

    • James Madison

      Or you can just vote for someone else. You know, like in a democracy.