Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MLS Franchise To Play In Yankee Stadium

The New York MLS expansion team will play their home games at Yankee Stadium for the next three seasons according to the New York Times. The New York City Football Club, which is co-owned by the New York Yankees (who own 25% of the team) and Manchester City, is the second soccer franchise in the area joining the New York Red Bulls.

The NYCFC tried to find a permanent home in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens but could not lock down a deal and now will spend their next three seasons in Yankee Stadium. In this time the Yankees will gain money off the concessions, parking, and such and the NYCFC will have to find a stadium spot and build one in that time.

The problem, which I am sure was worked through before this was announced, is the MLS season runs from March until October, sound familiar? Temporary grass will be laid over the infield and the NYCFC will play in Yankee Stadium while the Yankees are on the road.

MLS plays 34 games so the Yankees would have to give way to their stadium about once or twice a week if I had to guess. The Yankees organization do not seem worried about wear and tear in the infield or the constant tearing down and rebuilding of the pitching mound due to all the technology available these days. NYCFC will start their franchise during the 2015 season.

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