The club is slated to begin play in 2015, but it's own soccer-specific stadium won't be ready for the inaugural season, making a temporary home for the club a necessity.New York City FC will begin play as MLS' 20th team in 2015, but the club will have to make use of a temporary home before settling into a new soccer-specific stadium of its own in The Big Apple, MLS revealed upon its major announcement Tuesday.
The league has been seeking a stadium site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens for about a year, and while discussions will continue on that front -- spearheaded now by the Manchester City and New York Yankees ownership group -- before ground can be broken either in Queens or elsewhere, a number of possibilities will be considered to be the first home of the new franchise.
Yankee Stadium, which will host a Chelsea-Manchester City friendly on Saturday, is in play as one of those potential sites, according to Yankees president Randy Levine.
"We haven't made any decisions, but it is a possibility," Levine said on a conference call with reporters. "There are places to play until a new stadium is built. Yankee Stadium is a potential place to play.
"There will be a team playing. There won't be any stress about it, we just want to build a home here that our fans can really appreciate."
Having Yankee Stadium as a temporary home would provide a challenge, considering that the baseball team hosts 81 games over the course of a regular season, and sharing time -- not to mention ensuring proper field conditions for both organizations -- would have to be taken into consideration.
MLS commissioner Don Garber was noncommittal when discussing potential venues, saying it was too early in the process to get into particulars.
"At this point it's premature to comment on any temporary venues," Garber said. "We've got work to do to make sure we've got the right temporary facility for them to hit the ground in 2015, so more to come on that in the months ahead. "