NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees’ soccer partnership with Manchester City could also have an impact on the baseball scene.
The Yankees are open to the idea of going nine innings across the pond at Man City’s home stadium, team president Randy Levine told the London Telegraph.
“The idea has come up through Major League Baseball about us maybe coming over to play,” Levine told the Telegraph. “I don’t think they have actually said it yet, but we’d love to come over to play at the Etihad Stadium.”
Etihad Stadium is in Manchester, England. The NBA and NFL have both played regular-season games in London.
The Yankees and Manchester City announced Tuesday they are combining forces to co-own Major League Soccer’s expansion team in New York City.
The team, named New York City Football Club, will begin play in 2015. The league’s 20th franchise hopes to spark a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls, which plays its home matches in Harrison, N.J.
“We think Manchester City are extraordinary partners for the Yankees – there are some great opportunities and we only team up with people who we think are first rate,” Levine told the Telegraph. “They fit into our overall plan. Obviously our brand is very well known – it’s about winning, winning championships and we are here to lend our support to make sure that it happens.”
As for where NYC FC will play, Levine told WLNY-TV the club will eventually have its own stadium “built somewhere.”
“There’s going to be a new stadium built somewhere,” Levine said on WLNY’s “The Couch.” “We’ve been in it for one day. We’re going to take a look. There’s been a lot of talk about Queens. That’s a possibility, but we’re going to work with our partners to see what’s out there and move forward.”
He said Yankee Stadium could be used as a temporary home for the team.
“Temporarily, there are many sites — could be Yankee Stadium, could be elsewhere. But the team will be on the field in 2015.”
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