With the May 21st announcement of the 20th MLS franchise, New York City FC (NYC FC) quickly became a media frenzy. The 2015 expansion team is co-owned by English Premier League giants Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees, in a partnership which has guaranteed success to New Yorkers and sports fans alike. While the club addressed many questions in their official announcement, the organization did not reveal where the new club will play.
New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, released a statement on his own website in regards to the city’s prominence in the American sports landscape. In this press release on July 14th, Bloomberg stated,
Yankee Stadium will become the home of the New York City Football Club, the first soccer club in the five boroughs since the 1970s.
While NYC FC plans to build a stadium within the city limits, the stadium location has not been determined. Manchester City CEO, Ferran Soriano, made it known to the public that while their stadium is being built,
We will have to play in a temporary location for two years, maybe three.
While building sporting venues has become a battle between taxpayers and politicians, Bloomberg added,
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. 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.
NYC FC front office has yet to confirm whether the club will play at Yankee Stadium in 2015.
UPDATE: Bloomberg has since edited his initial July 14th post. His new post does not specifically cite Yankee Stadium as the temporary home of NYC FC. No screen shot of the original post was obtained and Sports Illustrated has corroborated this fact.