Site On E. 153rd St. And River Ave. Could Keep Team Close To Home

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Football Club, Major League Soccer’s expansion franchise, could find a home in the Yankees’ backyard.

Since the Yankees own a stake in the New York City Football Club, a site on East 153rd Street and River Avenue could keep the team close to home.

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It’s an old parking garage which has seen demand dwindle thanks to a new Metro-North station and new garages built as part of the deal for the new Yankee Stadium.

Many local residents are not thrilled about the possibility of another venue.

“It’s gonna be worse,” one man told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. “That’s gonna be worse. There’s traffic over here.”

Others, however, don’t seem to mind.

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“Oh, there’s gonna be a soccer stadium?” one woman asked Smith. “Oh, that’s good.”

Published reports indicate that the group running the garage is in serious financial trouble. A new 25,000 to 30,000-seat soccer mecca could be the ticket out.

The Yankees said that the short list is now down to four or five sites, Smith reported, including possibilities in Brooklyn and Queens.

An initial possibility in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park saw pushback from residents who were concerned about losing parkland.

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