New York City FC
28,743 (expandable to 47,422)
Address: 1 East 161st Street
Pitch Size: 110 yd x 70 yd
Pitch Type: Kentucky Bluegrass
Club Nickname: The Pigeons
Year Ground Opened: 2009
Shirt Sponsors: Etihad Airways
Home Kit: Navy
Away Kit: Blue
Perhaps known best as being the home for Major League Baseball side the New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium also plays host to Major League Soccer club New York City FC. The $2.3bn venue was built with $1.2bn in public subsidies, and replaced the original Yankee Stadium in 2009. It is the second-largest MLB stadium by seating capacity.
Like many other stadiums in the US, it has hosted several other sporting and non-sporting events, including college American football, concerts and two outdoor National Hockey League matches. Based on average attendance for the 2019 MLS campaign, NYCFC’s attendance was the ninth-largest in the league.
Classic Tours run most days from 11am to 1:40pm, and last approximately one hour. Guests should enter through the Hard Rock Café adjacent to Gate 6 on the corner of 161st St. and River Ave. Discounted prices are available for group tours of twenty or more. Highlights include the New York Yankees Museum presented by Monument Park, Bank of America, the press box, and the dugout.
Known as Cityzens, NYCFC’s City Members have exclusive access to match-worn memorabilia, discounts, grand prize sweepstakes, as well as the opportunity to vote on club decisions.
There is also a non-profit membership organisation independent of the club called the Third Rail. The group believes in supporting the club, giving back to the community and growing football within the area.
NYCFC aims to provide an accessible environment for everyone, and has a range of services to cater to such needs. Wheelchair accessible and designated aisle seats are available at various locations in Yankee Stadium, while assistive learning devices are available at the Guest Relations Booths. Guests have a choice of a stereo headset, ear speaker or neck loop.
All ATMs are marked with Braille, while there are two open-caption video boards for those who are deaf or hard of hearing; just below Section 233B and just below Section 206.
The Access-A-Ride bus stop is located adjacent to Gate 4 on East 161st Street, while the Accessible Dispatch Program provides residents of the city with greater access to wheelchair taxis. Pick-ups and drop-offs are available in all five boroughs of New York City.
Single match season tickets for NYCFC start at $30.
Official club website
New York City FC fixture list
The club encourages all supporters to travel to Yankee Stadium via public transport, with several subway, train and bus services all going to the venue.
Subway: The 4 (East Side) and the D train (Sixth Avenue) make stops at the 161st Street/Yankee Stadium subway stations, located on East 161st Street and River Avenue. B train (Sixth Avenue) service is also available, but only on weekdays.
Train: Metro-North offers train service to the stadium from anywhere in its service territory.
Bus: Several New York City Transit bus lines provide service to the Stadium. The Bx6 and Bx13 buses stop at East 161st Street and River Avenue; the Bx1 and Bx2 buses stop at East 161st Street and the Grand Concourse, a short walk from Yankee Stadium; and the BxM4 stops at the Grand Concourse and East 161st Street (northbound) and East 158th Street (southbound).
For those driving to the venue, validated parking is accepted at 161st Street Garage, 20 East 161st Street, with other parking facilities including 161st Street Garage, 20 East 161st Street, River Avenue Garage, 950 River Avenue, and Ruppert Plaza Garage, 1 Macombs Dam Park.
Located just 0.4 miles away, the Best Western Plus Stadium Inn Bronx is available to book for around $152 per night. Just 0.3 miles further is the Holiday Inn Express Stadium New York, with prices starting around $200. Also nearby are the Comfort Inn & Suites and the Umbrella Hotel, which can be booked for around $150 and $235 respectively.
When it comes to pubs and restaurants. in and around Yankee Stadium, there are several options for fans to choose from. All are within walking distance, and include the Yankee Tavern, Stan’s Sports Bar, The Eating Tree, and Sam’s Soul Food Bar & Lounge. The official home match supporters’ bar is The Dugout, while St. Pat’s Bar & Grill is the away supporters’ bar.
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