European football is also known as Soccer to Americans is slowly but surely gaining popularity in the US and has secured its place as the fifth most popular sport in America. Fans of the sport have been able to watch soccer matches live in New York for some time now thanks to the Red Bulls. Since March of 2017 a new soccer team in the Big Apple came about: the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) which became a franchise of Major League Soccer (MLS).
New York City FC Schedule
The current New York City FC schedule will be available at the end of the year and shows all matches. There will be a rivalry match with the Red Bulls New York – that promises to be a riot!
MLS and Coronavirus
Virtually sporting events have been either postponed indefinitely or canceled for the season. MLS has been hit particularly hard when it comes to the lockdown. Because soccer is an international sport, many players have families abroad and are not able to see them because of travel bans. Coronavirus is spreading throughout the world and has taken everyone by surprise. As of right now, MLS has suspended the season, but there are plans to open training facilities to teams.
New York City FC Tickets & Best Seats
New York City FC Tickets are relatively cheap. The lowest ticket price is about $25 and the most expensive seat can up to cost $250, maybe, even more, depending on the popularity of the team. Compared to the Red Bulls soccer team, these prices are quite low, and this is because the team still needs to establish itself and build a fan base.
What’s pretty unique, is that the matches are played in a configured field. Yankee Stadium was built for baseball, so it is not set up like a traditional soccer stadium that we know from Europe. The best seats are found in category 1, and some in category 2. Ticket costs are $65 and $55, respectively – which for soccer in New York is reasonable.
About Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium is home to the famous New York Yankees. The organization is actually a minority owner of New York City FC which is why the matches are played at Yankee Stadium. It’s very convenient because Yankee Stadium is well connected to all major transportation options.
The best way to get to NYCFC matches
Getting to the matches is pretty easy. Take subway lines 4 and D and it will directly take you to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The subway station is called 161 St.-Yankee Stadium. During weekdays, the B train takes you there as well. It can take less than 30 minutes from midtown, but make sure you leave a little earlier just in case the MTA is delayed. Once you’re there, the stadium is very hard to miss since it’s huge.
When should you arrive at the stadium?
As with other soccer games, to me, seeing the team enter the stadium and warming up is part of the attraction of going to a match. It never ceases to amaze me what the players can do with a ball. If you feel the same, you should arrive at Yankee Stadium approx. 1 hour before the scheduled start. Another reason to get there early is the stadium itself – if you have enough time, you can take a look at the other levels. It is pretty impressive.
More about NYC FC
Soccer in New York: can you believe it! NYCFC is now the second team from the metropolitan area of New York that is part of MLS. NYCFC will start its new season with several top-rated players from Europe. The transfer that initiated the most media attention was the move of former FC Barcelona forward David Villa. By the way, the New York Yankees are a minority owner of the New York FC. By naming Claudio Reyna as director of football operations, the team has a leader who is not only familiar with soccer in America, but also with the German, British, and Scottish leagues. He spent 12 years of his career in Europe prior to his participation on the US national team.
New York City FC History
The history of NYCFC is still quite short, as the team was not founded until 2013. The upcoming season will demonstrate how well the New York FC team plays, and what their role in the MLS will be.
Fans & Atmosphere
How loud the fans will be and what the overall atmosphere will feel like will be determined during the next season. But I bet it’s going to be really good. Because New Yorkers go crazy over sports! Furthermore, the US national team delivered a solid performance during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and should be able to inspire more Americans to follow the sport of soccer. And a soccer field in Yankee Stadium looks pretty good, don’t you think?
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