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Willets Point Renderings: Prepare to enter The Cube

New York City FC shared numerous new looks at their Queens stadium, which includes a seven-story-tall entrance cube.

The main stadium entrance, which will resemble a giant cube. Photo: NYCFC.

Another big part of what is a big day for New York City FC's soccer stadium: A new batch of renderings of the planned Willets Point stadium were just released by the club and HOK, the stadium's architects.

The centerpiece of these new renderings: The Cube, a massive, prominent stadium entrance that's described as an "experiential installation" featuring over 11,000 square feet of LED lights capable of projecting videos, photos, and graphics.

The below short video the team shared as part of the renderings release lets you "enter The Cube," a visual recreation of what you can expect to do in 2027.


Video of The Cube entrance in action, via NYCFC.

The Cube will be the entrance geographically closest to the Mets-Willets Point train station, so the many people who travel to matches via public transit would likely encounter it first as they walk to the stadium.

It feels a bit like entering a parallel dimension in rendering form, but the video does help provide an enticing new look at the layout of the Queens arena.

The rest of the renderings likewise bring the plans for the stadium and its surrounding new neighborhood into sharper contrast.

A new aerial view of NYCFC's stadium and a redeveloped Willets Point. Photo: NYCFC.
All three Queens pro sports venues in one shot. Photo: NYCFC.

Seeing that above bird's-eye-view from above the as-yet-unnamed NYCFC stadium with the new constructions of Willets Point, Citi Field, the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, and the New York City skyline all in view does a nice job capturing how the soccer venue fits into the wider city scene.

Might be soon 3-1 NYCFC over Miami in this new field-level rendering. Photo: NYCFC.

New York City FC want to turn the stadium into a "Cathedral of Soccer," with Brad Sims telling Hudson River Blue in an exclusive interview that "We want this club to be a big, big, big club. Our mission is to help build New York City into one of the soccer capitals of the world...I think having a flagship stadium, being a flagship team of the major league in this country, will be one of those things that will allow us to do that."

The big plan for phase two of redeveloping Willets Point that includes the stadium is inching ever closer to receiving its final approvals, just given another by the City Planning Commission. The all-electric arena looks shiny and exciting in these latest renderings, just don't count on that pigeon actually ending up on the wall outside the supporters' entrance.