Supporters to fore at new NYCFC Stadium


NYCFC supporter section revealed Image: NYCFC and HOK

New York City Football Club (NYCFC) has revealed a first look at the supporters’ section at the north end of the club’s planned new stadium in Queens.

The new venue will include the Supporters’ Porch: a 9,000+ square feet outdoor bar and gathering area for about 1,200 fans, featuring a 400 square feet LED display, dedicated tap bar and various food offerings. It will be available for private event use on non-gamedays.

Inside the seating bowl, the supporters’ section, on the stadium’s north end, will hold safe standing positions for 3,400 fans, three capo stands (for supporters’ group leaders), and a drum platform.

That end of the stadium will feature the steepest stand in Major League Soccer (MLS), putting NYCFC supporters right on top of the action, and will be 90% covered by a roof canopy from which the fans can hang Tifo displays.

NYCFC supporter section revealedImage: NYCFC and HOK

The centerpiece of the stadium 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.

New York City Council last month officially approved the transformational Willets Point Phase II Redevelopment Plan, which includes the new $780 million soccer-specific stadium for New York City Football Club designed by HOK.

The project also includes the largest all-affordable housing development in 40 years, a new 650-seat public school, a brand-new hotel and more than 150,000 square feet of public open space.

NYCFC supporter section revealedImage: NYCFC and HOK

It will be the first fully electric stadium in MLS, in addition to being the first fully electric professional sports stadium in New York City.

HOK’s design for the stadium creates a world-class venue for soccer fans and the community, catalyzing economic growth and job creation in the area. The stadium will also house New York City FC’s award-winning foundation, City in the Community (CITC), which will have a permanent home to continue its impactful initiatives.

The Willets Point Revitalization Plan aligns with Mayor Adams’ vision for a thriving, inclusive and sustainable future for the area and the entire city. The project is estimated to generate $6.1 billion in economic activity and create 1,550 permanent jobs and 14,200 construction jobs.

NYCFC supporter section revealedImage: NYCFC and HOK

The project is a testament to the power of public-private partnerships in driving economic growth and creating thriving communities.

The first phase of the Willets Point transformation broke ground in December 2023 when QDG began construction on the first 880 affordable housing units, expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

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