New York City FC, the joint MLS venture of Manchester City and the New York Yankees, is expected to announce this week that it will play its first three seasons at Yankee Stadium, unnamed sources tell the New York Times. Of course, the Yankee Stadium solution is just temporary, as the owners must eventually find a site for a permanent home and construct it. The three-year Yankee Stadium commitment suggests that that process might be more difficult than originally believed.
The question of where NYCFC would play its home games has hovered over the team since it was officially announced last May, delaying plans for everything from marketing and advertising to season ticket sales. The announcement of a temporary home buys NYCFC some time, after community opposition derailed plans for a proposed stadium near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Now, the owners are eyeing a nine-acre parcel of land near Yankee Stadium between the Major Deegan Expressway and East 153rd St that could hold up to 30,000.
A big question mark hangs over the practical implications of NYCFC using Yankee Stadium. For starters, both the NY Yankees and NYCFC play March-to-October schedules. When Manchester City played Chelsea at Yankee Stadium last summer, temporary grass was installed over the infield dirt—but as the Times points out, that was for a single soccer game, not a full schedule of 34 MLS games.