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Harrison, NY Planning Board Approves Practice Site For New York City FC

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PURCHASE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Officials have given the green light for New York’s new professional soccer team to practice in Westchester.

The New York City Football Club, which announced this week that it will call Yankee Stadium home during its inaugural season, will spend its time practicing at Manhattanville College.

Tuesday night, the Harrison Planning Board approved a $10 million plan to be financed by the team for upgraded fields and a renovated gym at the school.

But not everyone is happy about the proposal.

“This is major league sports on a small, college campus in a rural, little hamlet,” Michael Tokarz with the Purchase Environmental Protective Association told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “They are going to take over.”

Tokarz thinks the planned renovations will change the character of the historic Manhattanville campus.

“This is a famous place,” he said. “So here we are, we’ve got a situation where they are changing the character of the whole neighborhood and the whole area.”

The soccer franchise insists this is only a temporary move and there will be no new buildings or expansions on campus.

NYCFC, which will begin MLS play in spring of 2015, is owned by the Yankees and England-based Manchester City Football Club.

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