NYCFC Moves Final Regular-Season Game to Citi Field

David Villa and NYCFC will play final home game of the regular season at Citi Field

David Villa and NYCFC will play final home game of the regular season at Citi Field

NYCFC's game against Columbus on Sunday, Oct. 22, will instead take place at Citi Field - the home of the New York Mets - which is in Queens.

For the second time this season, New York City F.C. has been forced to move a home match to accommodate a conflict with a Yankees game.

"Citi Field is an excellent ballpark which has hosted worldwide soccer matches in the past", Patricof said.

With the ALCS beginning on Friday, the series potentially could reach October 21 which is not enough time to convert Yankee Stadium into a soccer field if the Yankees go beyond the ALCS.

While Citi Field offers a more spacious outfield for soccer, the team will retain its smaller dimensions at Yankee Stadium for the match.

"While we are happy for our partners, the New York Yankees, we understand that relocating a home game is a significant challenge for fans", NYCFC club president Jon Patricof said.

But now they have, and even if that series ends before the soccer match - Games 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven A.L.C.S. against the Houston Astros are scheduled for Yankee Stadium on October 17 and 18 - team officials decided that moving the game now was the best option.

The match will remain at 4 PM. "From a Sporting perspective, this represents an easy transition which would allow our team to get the result we will be looking for".

Citi Field on April 13, 2015. "We feel Citi Field will give our team the best chance of success on the field and provide a good environment for our incredible fans".

Once the decision was made, Citi Field, which was unavailable when the team moved its September match, was deemed the best solution for a fan base that draws heavily from New York City's five boroughs and relies on mass transit to attend games. Citi Field is accessible by auto or the No. 7 train though it is unclear whether the Willets Point Long Island Railroad station will be open for the day. The official confirmed that Citi Field is under consideration, but a possible golf event held for the weekend after the playoff round could complicate the negotiation. An announcement is expected next week.

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