NYCFC will host the Columbus Crew at the Queens venue Oct. 22 after the New York Yankees advanced to the American League Championship Series in the MLB postseason. The ALCS is set to kick off Friday and could run until Oct. 21, with the Yankees potentially hosting World Series games shortly thereafter, presenting a scenario with too short a turnaround to convert the Yankee Stadium field from baseball to soccer.
"Moving the match to an alternate venue with such short notice — should the Yankees advance — would not be feasible due to ticketing, pitch and operational requirements," NYCFC said in a news release. "Additionally, it is important for our sporting department to know where the game is taking place as far in advance as possible."
This marks the second time this season NYCFC has had to relocate a match from the Bronx, with a contest against the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 23 moved to Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, because of a rescheduled Yankees game.
Sitting second in the Eastern Conference at 16-8-8, NYCFC has already clinched a playoff spot and will be playing for seeding over the final two matches of the MLS regular season.
"Citi Field is an excellent ballpark which has hosted international soccer matches in the past," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. "From a sporting perspective, this represents an easy transition which would allow our team to get the result we will be looking for."