After plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park fell through last year, the New York City Football Club, the league’s new expansion team, was left homeless, until now.
Instead of playing their inaugural season in Queens, NYC F.C. will call Yankee Stadium home for three years, beginning in 2015.
The team, which is jointly owned by the New York Yankees and Manchester City of the English Premier League, has been searching for a venue ever since plans for a stadium in the park were defeated by community outrage over the loss of parkland.
A proposal to build an approximately 28,000-seat stadium adjacent to Yankee Stadium has seen little progress over the last six months and the usage of one of baseball’s most iconic venues is seen as a way for the club to buy time in order to find a permanent home.
Both the Major League Baseball and the MLS seasons run through the spring and summer, and it is unclear how the soccer club’s 16 home games will be worked into the Yankees’ schedule.