The move to Pratt & Whitney Stadium, home of UConn football and a frequent venue for U.S. international soccer matches, was necessitated by the baseball Yankees having to play a makeup game against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 25. The Yankees are part-owners of NYCFC but control access to Yankee Stadium, requiring lead time to get the baseball field ready.
On deck: MLB playoff conflicts? This is the first time in NYCFC's three seasons that it faces possible late-season conflicts because of the Yankees' participation in the playoffs. The Yankees trail the Boston Red Sox by 4.5 games in the Eastern Division but are first in the American League wild-card race.
Yankees: Playoff scheduling scenarios
After the Houston game, NYCFC has one regular-season home game remaining: Oct. 22 against Columbus. The Yankees are scheduled to be at home on Oct. 21 if there is a Game 7 of the ALCS and they have home-field advantage. They are scheduled to open the World Series on Oct. 24 if they have home-field advantage.
The World Series is scheduled to go until Nov. 1 (Game 7). NYCFC is currently second in the Eastern Conference. MLS has not released playoff dates, which if it was the playoff schedule was the same as in 2016 and NYCFC finished second, it would open at home on Nov. 5.
(For the time being, these playoff conflicts are a big if, considering the Yankees' rookie star, Aaron Judge, is mired in a slump, batting just .176 since the All-Star Game.)
Ticket policy. Fans who have tickets to the Houston match can exchange their tickets to another regular-season home match at Yankee Stadium or receive a refund. They will also receive access to a pre-sale to secure tickets to the match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at a discounted rate. Transportation options will be made available to help accommodate fans traveling to Connecticut.
NYCFC president Jon Patricof on move: “We have worked very closely with Houston and MLS to find an alternative venue prioritizing our supporters and sporting department. While we understand this will be an inconvenience for some, we are confident we have put together an excellent variety of ticketing and transportation options for our fans. The club would like to thank Pratt & Whitney Stadium for hosting us at what we know will be a fantastic and memorable game.”
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