NYCFC to play 2015 home games at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK (AP) New York City FC will play homes games at Yankee Stadium during its first season in 2015.
Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said at a news conference Monday he anticipated the upper deck would be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the ballpark’s baseball capacity of 49,642.
Trost said it will take three days to convert field from baseball to soccer, although in a rush it could be cut to 2 1/2, and the same amount of time to switch it back. The pitcher’s mound will be removed each time with a clawlike structure, stored and replaced.
The soccer field, which runs from the first-base dugout to left field, will be 110 by 70 yards, slightly shorter and narrower than the preferred 115-by-74 yards.