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NYCFC unveil plans for new fully electric stadium in MLS first

November 23 2023 - News Release News Editorial

New York City Football Club (NYCFC) has put forward plans to build the first fully electric stadium in Major League Soccer (MLS).

NYCFC unveil plans for new fully electric stadium in MLS first

The club has been without its own ground since forming in May 2013, primarily playing home matches at Yankee Stadium. NYFC is hoping to move into the new 25,000-seater in 2027.

Details for the proposed stadium in Willets Point were unveiled by NYCFC representatives at a local community board meeting in Queens.

The stadium is set to focus on renewable energy, with an array of solar panels to be installed on the roof which are aimed at maximising energy generation, while built-in efficiency systems will look to eliminate waste.

A water harvesting system is also due to be implemented below the pitch to catch rainwater, which can then be re-used for irrigation purposes. Additionally, water efficient systems around the venue, including dry urinals, proximity-controlled taps, and reduced water mix taps and shower heads will help to reduce unnecessary consumption.

Wherever possible, materials, fixtures and fittings for the stadium will be locally sourced to avoid a substantial transport impact on the environment.

“Sustainability is at the core of that belief and we’re committed to playing our part in the future of our communities." City Football Group’s Director of Sustainability, Pete Bradshaw

“New York City Football Club is driven by a passionate belief that the sport can have a positive impact in our communities and empower better lives,” said City Football Group’s Director of Sustainability, Pete Bradshaw.

“Sustainability is at the core of that belief and we’re committed to playing our part in the future of our communities.

“New York City Football Club’s sustainability plan sets out clear priorities on our journey to credible net zero by eliminating risk, building resilience and creating opportunities.”

NYCFC is also taking aim at reducing CO2 emissions by working towards credible net zero by 2040, with the goal of continual reductions of at least 12% each year in its operations and events.

The stadium is part of the Willets Point development project which is set to deliver 2,500 units of affordable housing, a new public school, 40,000 square feet of public and retail space and a hotel.

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