A preview of the renderings for New York City FC’s plans to construct the city’s first soccer-specific stadium, a 25,000-seat complex in Queens, has been made public.
According to the New York Club, the project’s plans include the $780 million stadium, 40,000 square feet of public open space, a school, a hotel, and ground-floor retail shops for the Willets Point neighborhood.
The New York Club reports that developers also intend to supply 2,500 “100% affordable housing” units.
According to a statement released by Thomas J. Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, “This proposal will provide affordable homes for thousands of families, catalyze economic activity that supports small business, and create another great destination in Queens.”
The stadium, which will be privately funded, will be ready for the 2027 MLS season, according to New York City FC. Additionally, the project intends to redevelop the vicinities surrounding the stadium.
Willets Point is additionally home to the New York Mets’ Citi Field and NYCFC’s new stadium will be across the street from the Billie Jean Ruler Public Tennis Place, home of tennis’ US Open.
The Queens Daily Eagle reports that the replacement of 100,000 tons of contaminated earth at the project site with 80,000 tons of clean dirt has recently been completed. Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, made the announcement in November 2022 that plans were made to build a new stadium.
Officials claim that their first team will soon have a home and a new neighborhood for Queens; thanks to this ongoing investment in New York City.
New York City FC was established in 2013 and played its first MLS season in 2015, but has never had its own stadium.
The team, which is in its ninth MLS season, has played most of its home games at Yankee Stadium, but it has also played at Citi Field, Red Bull Arena, and even BMO Stadium in California. According to the team, thousands of affordable housing units will also be constructed.