Mayor-elect Eric Adams is pledging to reopen talks to help bring the New York City club’s stadium grounds — a message that has been hailed by the newest champions in Major League Soccer.
“With their first-ever MLS Cup win this year, NYCFC has made our city proud, and given all New Yorkers a reason to hope,” Adams told The Post. “My administration will once again engage in discussions to explore the possibility of establishing a new football stadium to serve as the team’s permanent home.”
Since its 2015 debut, the NYCFC has played the majority of its home games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The arrangement was a nightmare for the club because it had to operate on the Yankees’ schedule; The temporary football field offers poor sight lines and narrow proportions.
Despite the championship, the team will continue to be a tramp franchise next season. It is the division of matches at Yankee Stadium, City Field in Queens and Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
However, Adams’ message offers hope days after fans chanted “We want a stadium” during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Town Hall gala Tuesday to honor the team. It was New York City’s first sports tournament of any kind since the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2012.
A shift in power to Adams in January could open the door for NYCFC to revive plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium in the South Bronx that will be part of a $1 billion privately funded mixed-use development project, sources said.
Sources said other options are also being considered, including another Bronx site and a revival plan to build one at Willits Point in Queens near Citi Field.
“It was very disappointing that Mayor de Blasio at the last minute walked away from a deal that would have saved $1 billion in private investment in one of the poorest communities in the city,” Randy Levine, president of the Yankees, whose team is involved with NYCFC, told NYCFC. The Post Saturday.
added Levine, the former deputy mayor during the Giuliani administration.
Under the South Bronx plan, a new stadium would replace a factory for elevator parts and some parking and garages on city-owned land, and grounded a project that would also include 2,000 to 3,000 affordable housing units, commercial and community retail spaces, a new hotel and school—all a short walk from Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are part-owners of New York City, and helped put together the plan for the giant, $1 billion mixed-use project that will create 10,000 new jobs.
However, the plan ran into a snag once the Yankees sought a guarantee that the city would continue to provide 5,400 well-maintained parking spaces for its fan base — or far fewer than the 9,000 they are currently entitled to.
The city’s communications regulator declined to comment, but agency sources insisted it was the Americans who blew up the deal by seeking legal parking guarantees, and that the project could be revived.
Meanwhile, New York City is looking to harness the momentum of winning a championship to acquire a new stadium – preferably before 2026 when North American cities host the 2026 World Cup.
New York City spokesman Sam Cook said the team was keen to “communicate with the new management and its leadership team to discuss the stadium.” [plan]The club encourages [Adams’] Focus on equity, inclusion and economic development.