Revealed: Major update as Man City owners' £660m new stadium plan unveiled

Man City parent company City Football Group’s designs to build a new stadium for their New York arm will allow them to take capacity beyond the initially planned 25,000 as demand for tickets rises, sources have told Football Insider.

New York City FC currently play at the Yankees Stadium but announced on Wednesday (16 November) that they will move to a new football-specific home in time for 2027.

The £660million arena – which will be privately funded by City Football Group and built at Willets Point in Queens, near the home of the US Open – will accommodate 25,000 spectators.

But a source who has worked on several top sporting infrastructure projects on both sides of the pond has told Football Insider that there is scope for further expansion on the site if New York City continue to grow in popularity, as is widely expected.

There is ample room to increase capacity without compromising the site’s relatively compact footprint or impairing the residents of the 2,500 housing units which are also due to be built as part of the plans.

Football is already the fastest growing sport in the United States, and the speed of its rise is expected to accelerate following the 2026 World Cup which they will co-host with Canada and Mexico.

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The source told Football Insider that the 2021 MLS Cup champions could conceivably entertain as many as 40,000 spectators every week by 2040 if the game’s popularity continues on its current trajectory

The move to Willets Point is seen as a ringing endorsement of the club’s credentials and future business prospects by City Football Group.

The multi-club empire views New York City as the most valuable of their 12-team portfolio besides Man City, although the imminent acquisition of historic Brazilian side Bahia could alter this dynamic.

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