For the second time this season, New York City FC have gotten the boot out of Yankee Stadium.
The team announced that its final home against against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 22 has been relocated to Citi Field due to additional preparations needed for the Yankees upcoming ALCS matchup against the Houston Astros.
With the ALCS beginning on Friday, the series potentially could reach Oct. 21 which is not enough time to convert Yankee Stadium into a soccer field if the Yankees go beyond the ALCS.
From a Sporting perspective, [Citi Field] represents an easy transition which would allow our team to get the result we will be looking for, NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said in a press release.
Citi Field, which has hosted numerous international soccer matches in the past, is a much more feasible option compared to Renschler Stadium in East Hartford, Conn., where NYCFC played the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 23. NYCFC had to relocate their previously scheduled match at Yankee Stadium because of a rescheduled rain out two days later.
While Citi Field offers a more spacious outfield for soccer, the team will retain its smaller dimensions at Yankee Stadium for the match.
While we are happy for our partners, the New York Yankees, we understand that relocating a home game is a significant challenge for fans, NYCFC President Jon Patricof said. We feel Citi Field will give our team the best chance of success on the field and provide a good environment for our incredible fans.
Fans will receive an email with ticketing options, with a pre-sale to grab tickets for the match at a cheaper rate.
The match will remain at 4 PM.