by Paul Kennedy

New York's soccer-specific stadium, slated to be built in Queens, came to life this week in the form of renderings displayed to a local community board.

NYCFC released the first look at plans for the stadium and surrounding area in Willets Point to Community Board 7.

The MLS team will privately finance a $780 million, 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium it plans on opening ahead of the 2027 MLS season, 12 years after its launch.

The stadium is part of a bigger Willets Point Revitalization Plan with 2,500 units of affordable housing, 40,000 square feet of public open space in the community, a school with a capacity for 650 students, a 250-room hotel and retail shops.

“From the beginning,"NYCFC vice chairman Marty Edelman said in a club statement, "New York City Football Club has understood the importance of strong communication and collaboration with Mayor Adams, Councilmember Francisco Moya, Borough President Donovan Richards, and the local Queens community as we move forward with plans for a privately financed soccer-specific stadium. This continued investment in New York City will create a long-overdue home for our first team, and create a new neighborhood for Queens.”

In 2023, NYCFC will play games in The Bronx (Yankee Stadium) and Queens (Citi Field). In 2022, it also played home games in the New York area at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and Belson Stadium at St. John’s University in Queens.