New York City FC signs deal for own stadium

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Miami (AFP) – Major League Soccer’s New York City FC will finally have their own stadium in 2027 after spending seven years playing baseball at Yankee Stadium.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday the construction of a privately funded football stadium at Willets Point in the borough of Queens.

The stadium will be part of a larger redevelopment and housing project in an area that includes the New York Mets’ Citi Field baseball park and the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, home of the US Open.

“Our plan will provide 2,500 affordable housing units – New York City’s largest fully affordable housing project in decades,” Adams said.

“With a fully privately funded football stadium, hotel and local businesses, we will not only create housing, but also quality jobs, $6 billion in economic activity and a real path to the middle class. “, he added.

NYCFC and New York-headquartered MLS have spent more than a decade trying to find a site for a stadium and MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was pleased with the deal.

“Today is one of the most memorable days in our big league history,” Garber said.

“For the past 12 years, I’ve tried to dream of the reality that we have today, which is having a cathedral for this great team, NYC FC,” added Garber.

The New York team is owned by the City Football Group, which also own English Premier League club Manchester City.

City Football Group is majority owned by Abu Dhabi United Group with additional US and Chinese minority investments.

“Our club has been investing in New York for more than a decade, and we look forward to investing those funds to help build a new community for our first team, our dedicated fans and our great city,” the vice president said. of NYCFC, Marty Edelman.

NYCFC won the MLS Cup in 2021 and were Eastern Conference runners-up this season.

The club was forced to move its playoff opener last month against Inter Miami from Yankee Stadium to Citi Field due to a playoff clash with baseball.

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