MLS expansion franchise New York City FC will reportedly play their home games at Yankee Stadium for their three seasons of competition.
Major League Soccerâ€™s 20th franchise will begin play in North Americaâ€™s top flight in 2015 but do not have a home stadium for the initial phase.
A report in the New York Times suggests that NYCFC, jointly-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, will kick-off at Yankee Stadium as they continue to go about plans to develop a brand new site elsewhere.
It is believed that sharing their stadium with NYCFC is not an issue for the Yankees but the Major League Baseball clubs executive director of non-baseball events, Mark Holtzman, has indicated that the baseball franchise will get priority.
â€śTechnology has gotten to the point where I think we can turn it around pretty quickly,â€ť Holtzman told the NY Times in regards to chopping and changing between baseball fields and soccer pitches.
â€śBaseball is clearly the No. 1 priority,â€ť he added. â€śWe wouldnâ€™t do anything to put anyone at any risk; thereâ€™s a major investment here in the players. At the end of the day, we look at these opportunities very carefully, and we wouldnâ€™t get into these opportunities unless we were confident in the end result.â€ť
There have been calls for New York City to play their primary home games at Red Bull Arena â€“ the home of New York Red Bulls â€“ but a tweet from Soccer By Ives quickly shot that down.
Have a lot of folks asking about Red Bull Arena as temporary solution for NYC FC. Absurd & a nonstarter. NYC FC wants the NYC-based fan pool
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) April 15, 2014
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