New York City FC season ticket holders just lost a true home game.
The club confirmed just minutes ago that the Boys in Blue will take on the Houston Dynamo at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut on September 23rd at 3:00pm. The reason? Their landlords, the New York Yankees, had to reschedule a rained-out date for September 25th, which doesn’t allow enough time for stadium staff to switch the playing surface from soccer back to baseball.
All fans with tickets for the match have been given the option to exchange their tickets for another match or receive a refund.
“We’re looking forward to playing there and having our fans come out and support the team in Hartford,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said in the club’s official release.
The news is a pretty serious bummer for those who consider the commute to Yankee Stadium for home games to be of reasonable convenience— myself included. While NYCFC is a strong brand with a strong reach into Connecticut, this isn’t good news. It doesn’t set a good precedent.
The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams have both played matches at Pratt & Whitney Stadium, the home ground for the Connecticut Huskies football team. The venue, located about 110 miles from Yankee Stadium, has a maximum capacity of 40,642.
If today’s news has put a sour look on your face, you’ve got a month to get it out of your system. Go ahead and do it now— the Yankees are good again, so we may be right back in this agonizing predicament when they and NYCFC are both making playoff runs.
Think of how awful that’ll be.