New York City FC to play at Yankee Stadium

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The Yankee Stadium is set to host the home games of Major League Soccer team New York City FC from next season, reports the New York Times.

MLS' latest franchise, which will come into fruition for next season, is jointly owned by the Yankees and Premier League team Manchester City and will make the announcement next week.

It brings an end to months of speculation over where the new team will play their home games. Since the announcement was made last May, confusion over where the team will play has delayed everything from season ticket sales to player recruitment.

The officials behind the team told the MLS in January that they would submit a plan within 30 days before retracting that intention soon after.

Their move to the Yankee Stadium, reported to be on a three-year basis, is due to the struggle to locate a location for a permanent home and building a stadium on that site.

Originally, the team applied to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows but were swiftly rejected. Last August it was revealed that the team were applying to build a 25,000-to-30,000 stadium on a 9-acre site between the Major Deegan Expressway and East 153rd Street but the team have yet to announce any progress on the move.

It is yet to be known how the complicated partnership will work out. When Chelsea played an exhibition game in 2013, new grass had to be brought in to allow a soccer game to be played.

With 34 games scheduled in the current MLS season, removing and replacing grass every time seems impossible or at least impractical.

“Technology has gotten to the point where I think we can turn it around pretty quickly,” Holtzman said.

“Baseball is clearly the No. 1 priority,” Mark Holtzman, the Yankees’ executive director of non baseball events told the publication.

“We wouldn’t do anything to put anyone at any risk; there’s a major investment here in the players. At the end of the day, we look at these opportunities very carefully, and we wouldn’t get into these opportunities unless we were confident in the end result.”

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