NYCFC home ‘The Cube’ exhilarating entrance


NYCFC reveals The Cube Image: NYCFC

The Major League Soccer (MLS) team New York City FC revealed plans for their state-of-the-art new home ‘The Cube’ which will be the metropolitan’s (New York, US) first-ever soccer-purpose stadium.

Major Milestone

‘GOAL’ stated that the supporters have long awaited a permanent home for their beloved club, and the March 6th unveiling of the latest renderings of their future stadium at the Willets Point in Queens, New York (US) marks a significant milestone in their journey.

The New York City Football Club, also known as New York City FC and shortened as NYCFC, is an American professional soccer club based in New York City (US). The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the highest level of American soccer, as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference.

The 46,537-capacity Yankee Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Bronx in New York City (US). The stadium is the home ballpark for the Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) New York Yankees as well as the home venue for the New York City FC of Major League Soccer (MLS).

The New York City FC stadium is a proposed soccer-specific stadium to be built in Willets Point in the New York City borough of Queens for the New York City FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), who currently play their home games at the Yankee Stadium and the 41,800-capacity Citi Field in New York. The stadium is scheduled to be completed in 2027.

The 25,000 seat stadium will anchor the Willets Point Project development, which includes 2,500 affordable housing units, a 650-seat school, a 250-room hotel, retail and commercial space, and 40,000 square feet of public open space on a 23-acre (9.3 ha) lot.

‘GOAL’ further stated that for years, the NYCFC have been playing home matches across the Tri-State region at venues like the Yankee Stadium, the Citi Field and the 25,000-capacity Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, but with the new stadium, their troubles will be alleviated.

The Bigger Picture

The centerpiece of the March 6th announcement is ‘The Cube’, an immersive main entrance that rises more than seven stories above the street level. Adorned with 11,000 square feet of light-emitting diode (LED) screens, ‘The Cube’ promises to be a striking feature, serving as both a focal point for the spectators and a canvas for the dynamic gameday programing and art displays.

In addition to ‘The Cube’, the stadium boasts a range of innovative features designed to enhance the fan experience and reflect the unique character of New York City. The approval process for the project has been extensive, involving evaluations, consultations and approvals from the City officials. While the stadium has not yet completed all the necessary approvals, the City Planning Commission’s recent approval of the mixed-use plan is a significant step forward.

Sims Speak

Exulted Brad Sims, New York City FC head honcho, “Really, we want to blow people away. You’re at the start of your experience, as you’re entering or you’re walking into the facility. We think the vast majority of our fans are going to enter through the Southwest, this main entrance, because we expect a lot of people to come using public transportation, 7 train, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), also a decent amount of parking is to the South as well. So, you’re going to have a lot of people walking up, and we want this ‘wow’ moment when you’re coming into the stadium, that there really is this fantastic sense of arrival. ‘The Cube’, we think, it’s unlike anything in any other soccer stadium or any other sports venue that we’ve seen.”

The 7 train is the 7 Flushing Local and the 7 Flushing Express – the two rapid transit services in the A Division of the New York City Subway, providing local and express services along the full length of the IRT Flushing Line. Their route emblems, or ‘bullets’, are colored purple, since they serve the Flushing Line.

The Long Island Rail Road, often abbreviated as the LIRR, is a railroad in the Southeastern part of the US State of New York, stretching from Manhattan to the Eastern tip of the Suffolk County on Long Island.

What Next?

With construction expected to begin by Autumn, the NYCFC remains on track for a 2027 opening for the 25,000-seater venue.

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