New York City FC (NYCFC) is continuing its search for a new stadium by exploring options within New York City, according to MLS commissioner Don Garber.
NYCFC began play at Yankee Stadium in 2015, but it has been apparent that the club wants to eventually secure its own facility. Various proposals for a new NYCFC stadium have come and gone in recent years, including one submitted last year that called for a new venue at Belmont Park. The club partnered with Related Companies on that proposal, but officials opted in December to move forward with a competing plan that includes a new arena for the New York Islanders (NHL) and surrounding development.
When discussing the situation recently, Garber indicated that the club is still considering multiple sites within New York City as the potential home of a new stadium. More from Newsday:
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said Thursday afternoon that the professional soccer team New York City FC continues to look at multiple New York City sites to build what Garber described as “the most expensive stadium ever done in MLS.”
“The club knows and ownership knows they need to get into a soccer stadium as quickly as possible,” said Garber, speaking to a group representing the Associated Press Sports Editors at MLS headquarters in Manhattan.
A recent report from New York YIMBY linked the club to a proposed development known as Harlem River Yards. Under the reported plans for that project, NYCFC would play at a new 26,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium that is built as part of the development along the South Bronx waterfront. Plans for that development, which would take place as part of a partnership with Related Companies and Somerset Partners, have not been finalized to this point. The club is expected to continue hosting home matches at Yankee Stadium until a new stadium is complete.