Apparently those talks between Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and New York City F.C. about building a soccer stadium south of Yankee Stadium are making headway to the point where the soccer club is actually negotiating with landowners:
The franchise, a partnership of Manchester City Football Club of England’s Premier League and the Yankees, are negotiating with the owners of a nine-acre parcel between the Major Deegan Expressway and East 153rd Street.
“We’ve had preliminary discussions,” Randy Levine, the president of the Yankees, said, “but we’re a long way from any decision. We’re also considering sites in Queens and Brooklyn.”
This is the same site I wrote about back in July, and it has the same problems: It’s a tight squeeze, it has a major street running through the middle of it (East 153rd Street), there’s both a footbridge and a highway on-ramp that could need to be relocated, etc. It would also mean giving up on one of the old Yankees parking garages that was supposed to generate income for the city, but that ship has sailed already.
In any event, picking a possible site — one that could be just one among many, if Levine’s comments about Queens and Brooklyn having anything behind them — is a way smaller hurdle than figuring out how to pay for all the construction and land and infrastructure costs that would be needed. Tune back in when there are some dollar figures to be discussed — though if Levine’s M.O. from the Yankees’ own stadium campaign holds true, we may not find out about those until after most of the groundwork has been laid behind closed doors.