NYCFC Renews Interest in Harlem River Yards, Bronx Football Stadium

Here we go again.

Early this morning far field published a story links the New York City Football Club to a proposal to build a football stadium at Harlem River Yards., a 28-acre site in the South Bronx designed for mixed-use development. Author Chris Campbell tracked down some tantalizing details for the article, but before we get to what he found, let’s chart at the top of the NYCFC relationship site.

Harlem River Yards will be familiar to NYCFC fans who follow the club. stadium saga: Back in 2018 City Football Group and the developers aimed to include a 26,000-seat football stadium. as part of a “megaproject” worth $700 million. Over time The project is reported to have been closed.and the focus shifted to another location in the South Bronx known as GAL, named after the plant it will replace. This offer was flooded last summer in spectacular fashion on yankees a front office whose 20% stake in NYCFC bought them a seat at the table and whose pathological need to gain leverage at every opportunity (in this case, the Yankees demanded parking spaces they had been promised years ago but never needed and never needed). take advantage of) ), allowed them to both offend the community and torpedo a project that was inches from moving on to the next stage.

Since then, NYCFC has made encouraging hints about the upcoming stadium but has not made any significant commitments. Last November, Cub President and CEO Brad Sims gave Hudson River Blue an exclusive interview., and a vague but reassuring statement he made at a city hall rally in December. This May, Sam Steiskal of The Athletic tweeted that the Bronx proposals are dead, but a Queens venue is a possibility.

Around the same time, a number of mid-sized local construction and development companies became associate partners of the NYCFC, sponsoring field ads and photo galleries on game days. We recorded a delightfully suspicious partnership at Hudson River Blue.and while all the evidence we found was circumstantial, it’s hard not to jump to conclusions when the official NYCFC account tweets “DnA is recognized by the New York real estate and construction industries for excellence in design, specialty inspections and material testing. #NYCFC #NYC”

This brings us to Artwork by Chris Campbell at The Outfield. As a result of a thorough investigation, Campbell determined that “City Football Group recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with the New York State Department of Transportation to lease the Harlem River Yards site and revive a 5-year proposal that includes the construction of a 26,000-seat stadium among other developments. “.

Eat more. But we’re not going to steal The Outfield’s thunder: Read the work yourself.

One thing is certain, we won’t hear from the NYCFC front office until the papers are signed and the ink is dry. New York City is arguably the most silent and disciplined club in the MLS, a leak-proof organization dedicated to news, not rumors and insinuations.

You have to respect that, but it’s hard to sit back when this kind of information comes out.

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