UPDATE: Though it’s still only hearsay, Glenn Crooks is indicating that rumors involving NYCFC having a stadium deal in place are “unequivocally” false.
Original story: In a seemingly never-ending stream of reports and rumors, the plot continues to thicken.
While conjecture and/or theories often abound among fans in forums and on subreddits, it hasn’t been often where there is actual news to report on the subject of New York City FC building a stadium within the confines of New York City’s five boroughs. At least, not since the genesis of the club back in 2014 and 2015.
This year, however, has been completely different. Since March, there have been three major developments.
The first came on March 9, where Claudio Reyna told SBI that the team was “close” to procuring a stadium site. This might not sound like much to the uninitiated. But for NYCFC supporters, this was different. Instead of getting the usual “we’re working hard” or “it’s a day-by-day process” or any kind of vague answer like that, we were given word that sounded like “it’s almost over.” A little over a week later, Yankees President Randy Levine told Bloomberg that they were hoping to announce a stadium deal during the 2019 calendar year.
Furthermore, an “insider” for the New York Daily News confirmed that the club were looking at an announcement sometime before the year was up and that there was a sorta-specific location in mind: a mile south of Yankee Stadium. Of course, there is only one site that has made the news within that radius: the GAL Manufacturing Facility.
And now, we have something new to chew on.
Nick Chavez — writer for NYCFCNation and a frequent guest on SiriusXM FC — has reported that he has been told that a deal is finally done — though he admits that his sources are a bit “removed” — and that it is likely the spot in the Bronx.
I'm a couple sources removed so reluctant to share, but I want to share what I'm hearing. A direct quote from today:— Nick Chávez (@NickChavezMLS) May 20, 2019
"My buddy at work just [spoke] w/ the new #NYCFC CEO & he says the stadium deal is done, just waiting to be announced publicly. I think it's the Bronx spot." #MLS
Additionally, Colton Coreschi — a soccer analyst — has corroborated Chavez’s claims.
Interestingly, I've also gotten whispers recently that an announcement is on the near horizon. Like @NickChavezMLS, nothing direct from inside the club, but from people who would have an idea of the things going on there... #NYCFC https://t.co/JwT5q9SDHD— Colton Coreschi (@cjcoreschi) May 20, 2019
Make of this what you will. God knows that I’ve about had it with the disappointments that have plagued this team and its fansbase for the duration of its existence. But, as I’ve said, this is a lot of information being shared. And unless everyone in the local media has colluded to collectively break all of our hearts, then I’m optimistic that something big is on the horizon.