New York City FC to call Yankees Stadium home

MLS expansion franchise New York City FC will reportedly play their home games at Yankee Stadium for their three seasons of competition.

MLS expansion franchise New York City FC will reportedly play their home games at Yankee Stadium for their three seasons of competition.

Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise will begin play in North America’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.

“Technology has gotten to the point where I think we can turn it around pretty quickly,” Holtzman told the NY Times in regards to chopping and changing between baseball fields and soccer pitches.

“Baseball is clearly the No. 1 priority,” he added. “We wouldn’t do anything to put anyone at any risk; there’s a major investment here in the players. At the end of the day, we look at these opportunities very carefully, and we wouldn’t get into these opportunities unless we were confident in the end result.”

There have been calls for New York City to play their primary home games at Red Bull Arena – the home of New York Red Bulls – but a tweet from Soccer By Ives quickly shot that down.

 
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