The New York Times is reporting that New York City FC will begin MLS play in 2015 at Yankee Stadium as a temporary home. Goal USA has confirmed the report.New York City FC will join Major League Soccer as team 21 in 2015, but struggles in securing a stadium project have left the club no other choice but to find a temporary home as it begins play in MLS.
That home will be Yankee Stadium.
The New York Times reported on Monday evening that NYCFC would play its first three seasons at Yankee Stadium after failed attempts to get closer to a stadium deal in the New York City area.
Sources with knowledge of NYCFC's plans have confirmed to Goal USA that the expansion team will begin play at Yankee Stadium in 2015. However, the reported three-year time frame for the team to play at Yankee Stadium is not set in stone.
Set to start playing in MLS in 2015 along with Orlando City FC, NYCFC has seen a push for a stadium in Queens fall through, and more recently an attempt to secure a stadium site in the Bronx looks to have hit a dead end.
With no stadium deal on the immediate horizon, New York City FC had no choice but to play at the home of the baseball powerhouse Yankees, who are part owners of the club.
The tricky part of having New York City FC play home games at Yankee Stadium will be finding a way to fit 17 or more home games into the same time frame that the Yankees 81-game home schedule will be played. Yankee Stadium has hosted soccer games in recent years, but nearly as frequently as they will be starting in 2015.
The Yankee Stadium option should buy NYCFC time as the club looks for a new stadium option, and if a new project develops quickly, the team could be in a new soccer stadium as early as 2017.
That is a best-case scenario however, and with NYCFC struggling to make progress on a stadium project, the search could drag on the full three years, if not longer.