The New York Post reports this morning that nascent MLS side New York City FC are near an agreement to build a $400m stadium in the Bronx close to Yankee Stadium.
New York City FC’s unveiling. Image: Getty.
The new stadium will be located on currently vacant land adjacent to the Major Deegan Expressway, and will require a local business to relocate. The Post reports that out-going mayor Michael Bloomberg has blessed the plan – but that the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, has yet to review the deal.
NYCFC, majority owned by the mega-rich backers of Manchester City in the Premier League, have made a series of aggressive moves with the aim of building a powerhouse out of the gate. Tuesday, NYFC hired one of the league’s best young managers, Jason Kreis, away from losing MLS Cup finalists Real Salt Lake.
The team is expected to begin play in 2015, with the new stadium ready for opening by 2018 or 2019.