Report: New York City FC plan stadium in Harlem River Yards

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New York City FC’s search for a permanent home could be drawing closer as a report states the Major League Soccer franchise could be heading to a 26,000 capacity venue which is part of the $700 million Harlem River Yards project.

YIMBY states that plans for a soccer-specific stadium, which they call “New York’s first soccer stadium,” for NYCFC at the heart of the redevelopment project have been submitted and if there are no delays the project could be completed by 2022.

The stunning images released show a waterfront stadium in Harlem which would be built on top of rail yards, with the project also including affordable housing, a waterfront esplanade, a community park and retail space in the South Bronx waterfront.

Per the report, Rafael Vinoly has designed the stadium and NYCFC have submitted the bid alongside Somerset Partners, who are already building new towers on the site.

NYCFC have played their first four seasons as an MLS club at Yankee Stadium, with 25 percent of the team owned by the Yankees and 75 percent by City Football Group.

Their search for a stadium site has been arduous with potential sites in Flushing, Belmont and elsewhere in Manhattan not working out.