Located in Harrison, New Jersey, the New York Red Bulls home stadium (above) is considered to be one of the best in MLS. When New York City Football Club declared that they wanted to build their home within the city’s five boroughs, they knew it would be a difficult task to find the perfect spot in such a crowded metropolis. The team didn’t know how right it was. The search for the site on which NYCFC’s permanent home will sit has, to this point, resembled a dance step much more so than a forward march.
According to an article from Capital New York, negotiations have ceased between the team and GAL Manufacturing Corp, an elevator parts company standing on the site proposed for New York City Football Club, leaving the team no closer to establishing its future home turf than it was when NYCFC was announced in May of last year.
“I really don’t know what the heck is happening. The ball is absolutely in their court,” Paul Seifried, a vice president at GAL, told Capital. “I’m happy to tell you [the football club] approached us and we talked for a while,” he continued. “Their interest was in this particular site.”
Seifried last spoke with the team on the issue a month ago, at which point he was informed that NYCFC was no longer looking to build its arena on a 10-acre site in the South Bronx. The proposed area encompassed a portion of 153rd Street, three of Yankee Stadium’s publicly subsidized parking lots and the building controlled by Seifried’s elevator parts company.
This is NYCFC’s second botched attempt to close a deal on a proposed site. Last December, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s office put together the 153rd street plan after a bid to build the team’s home in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens was tabled due to community opposition. It’s been no secret that current Major de Blasio has never been a very big fan of the Bronx plan, but members of both his administration and NYCFC personnel maintain that the two parties are working cooperatively to figure out where the team’s state-of-the-art soccer specific stadium will be built.
Said Risa Heller, a spokeswoman for NYCFC: “We are working closely with the de Blasio administration to find a world-class site for a soccer-specific stadium.”