NYCFC Mulling Options For Playoffs With Yankee Stadium Taken
NYCFC is "working through multiple contingency plans for hosting home games" during the MLS postseason "due to potential conflicts" with the Yankees' playoff schedule and other events at Yankee Stadium, according to Paul Tenorio of THE ATHLETIC. Those plans "include the possibility" of moving the MLS Cup away from Yankee Stadium, should NYCFC make the final and host it. Yankee Stadium is "hosting a college football game between Dartmouth and Princeton" on Nov. 9, the day before the MLS Cup, which "would make the venue unavailable to MLS." Sources said that NYCFC, which has the best record in the Eastern Conference, has been "in discussions" with the Mets to "use Citi Field for as many as three playoff games if the need arises." The club has "played at Citi Field before, having moved its final game" of the '17 season to the ballpark. Citi Field is "currently scheduled to host a 'Stadiumlinks' golf event" on the weekend of the MLS Cup, though it has "not yet begun selling tickets for the event." Sources said that NYCFC and MLS are "focused on negotiating with Citi Field" to play the MLS Cup there, if needed, and to "potentially move the golf event scheduled there." MetLife Stadium is "unavailable as it will be hosting" the Jets-Giants crosstown NFL game on the same day as the MLS Cup (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/26).