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Report: NYCFC to play first three MLS seasons at Yankee Stadium

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TSN.ca Staff
4/14/2014 8:56:41 PM
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When New York City FC plays its first home game in the MLS next season, it will be at Yankee Stadium.

According to the New York Times, sources familiar with the situation say the team will play its first three seasons in the home of the Bronx Bombers.

The team, which is owned by the Yankees and English Premier League club Manchester City, is expected to make the announcement next week.

Initial plans were for a new stadium to be built in Flushing Meadows - home of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the current venue for the U.S. Open tennis tournament, as well as Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. However, community opposition eventually crushed the rumoured $300 million stadium.

In August of last year, Yankees' president Randy Levine spoke of ongoing negotiations for a piece of land that would fit a 25,000-30,000 seat stadium. No progress has been made since.

So, the club will settle for Yankee Stadium for the next three years.

City and fellow Premier League club Chelsea played an exhibition match at the venue on temporarily installed grass in 2013.

The challenge now is to see if the switch between baseball and soccer can be made for NYCFC's entire home schedule, which is 17 of 34 regular season contests.

Yankee Stadium (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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