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Bloomberg backtracks on Yankee Stadium slip

By Ridge Mahoney

The office of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg hurriedly sent out a statement and edited a press release Monday in which he stated New York City FC will play in Yankee Stadium when the team enters MLS in 2015.

There’s little doubt NYCFC won’t have a home of its own in less than two years, since a site for a stadium hasn’t even been finalized, yet officials from MLS and the Yankees have been very coy about using the new Yankee Stadium. Still, the mayor’s office went into scramble mode after a press release went out that included these comments from a radio interview on Sunday:

“Just look at our three newest sports arenas: the new Yankee Stadium; the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets; and the Mets’ home base, Citi Field. Each pumps millions of dollars into our economy with every game they host. And each venue is gearing up to play an even bigger role in our city’s economy.

“Yankee Stadium will become the home of the New York City Football Club, the first soccer club in the five boroughs since the 1970s. Barclays will add the New York Islanders to its roster in 2015. And, of course, Citi Field is hosting Tuesday’s All-Star Game.”

The edited press release reads: “And soon a new stadium will become home to the New York City Football Club.”

Also released Monday was this statement from the mayor’s office:

“The script for the Mayor’s radio address on Sunday overstated the possibility that the New York Football Club could play some games at Yankee Stadium while they search for a permanent home. No decision has been made on where they will play. Wherever they end up, we are thrilled to welcome Major League Soccer to New York City, where pro sports are creating jobs and pumping millions into our economy.”

Since there are next to zero alternatives, and the Yankees are partnering with Manchester City to make this enterprise a reality, the timing of an official announcement, and not the outcome, is all that is in doubt. Yankee Stadium hosted Chelsea-Manchester City and Spain-Ireland friendlies recently.

Since MLS is adamant about NYCFC starting up in 2015, the rest is just details.

EURO 2013 TV NUMBERS. The England-Spain match at the Women's European Championship -- one of the tournament's most exciting matches ever played -- drew 1.5 million viewers on BBC3.

The Spaniards won, 3-2, getting the winner in stoppage time after they went ahead with five minutes to play only for England to then equalize for a second time.
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1 comment about "Bloomberg backtracks on Yankee Stadium slip".
  1. Nate Nelson, July 15, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.

    BLOOMBERG is done..put a fork in him...residents don't want parkland taken away or tax money spent. I don't see any candidate running to embrace this idea.

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