NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCES NEW SOCCER TEAM
Major League Soccer recently announced a partnership between Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees to bring the league its 20th franchise, New York City FC. Manchester City FC will own the majority of the team while The Yankees own the rest. The team will start playing in 2015 and will be the first MLS team to play within the 5 boroughs. A 20,000+ seat stadium currently being planned for construction in Queens’ Flushing Meadows Park with a tentative plan to play in Yankee Stadium while the project is completed. Mayor Bloomberg has already thrown his support behind the plan saying that Flushing Meadows Park is “the best place for it for everybody.”
New York City FC and its stadium plans aren't without their opposition however as the Mets would have to agree to let the team use its parking facilities. Then there's also the local resident opposition to the plans on top of that. The idea of building a privately owned stadium on public parkland is controversial especially with no concrete plans on how to replace the lost space for the neighborhood. While the recent victories of the new Yankee Stadium (The Bronx) and the Barclay’s Center (Brooklyn) have shown that major influence from major franchises can indeed prevail over concerned citizens it'll definitely be curious to see how this new front will pan out.