2027 will hopefully see the opening of a sustainable football stadium in the New York City borough of Queens.
Sports stadia are notoriously unsustainable, with refreshments served in single-use containers, mass concrete areas in stands and car parks, and considerable water waste.
However, a new stadium proposed in New York City will aim to buck the trend, with a focus on sustainability and the local area.
New York City FC – an MLS team
New York City FC (NYCFC) were established in 2013 and entered Major League Soccer (MLS) two years later. The club is the only one in New York City, with its local rivals, New York Red Bulls, based across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
NYCFC currently play their home games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx – home of baseball giants, New York Yankees. They have also previously played home matches at the Mets’ Citi Field stadium in Queens and their rivals’ Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
But the club hopes to move permanently across the East River to the Willets Point neighbourhood of Queens.
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NYCFC’s new stadium – focused on sustainability
NYCFC hope to move into their new home in Queens by 2027, and the club has put great emphasis on the sustainability of the project.
The stadium will be built, where possible, from locally sourced materials with an emphasis on efficient insulation and natural ventilation. The stadium will also run entirely on electricity generated from solar panels on the roof.
An under-pitch water harvesting system will collect rainwater to be reused for irrigation. Further water-efficient systems, such as dry urinals and low-flow shower heads, will help to reduce water waste and water stations will be available throughout the stadium.
Moreover, NYCFC and the city’s Metro Transit Authority will work together to ensure affordable and accessible public transport for supporters on matchdays.
Club president Bret Sims said, “We’re focused on ensuring that the club is leading the way when it comes to reducing environmental impact”.
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Benefits to the neighbourhood – good for the environment and the local community
On top of its proposed environmental merits, the project at large also aims to benefit the local neighbourhood and its residents.
The development programme promises to create 2,500 affordable housing units in Willets Point, along with a 650-student public school and 40,000 sq ft (3716 sq m) of public open space.
The project also aims to stimulate the local economy with the introduction of new retail space and a 250-room hotel that will generate jobs.
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