Bronx residents debate professional soccer stadium proposal

The New York City FC may make the borough its permanent home.

The New York City FC may make the borough its permanent home. (1/15/14)

THE BRONX - Hundreds of people participated in a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to bring a professional soccer stadium to the borough.

The New York City FC, an upcoming professional soccer team, is looking for a permanent home on River Avenue near Yankee Stadium.

Each person in attendance was asked to fill out a survey of questions surrounding the possible expansion. Neighbors were asked if they would welcome a new open-air soccer stadium and where they think funding for the project should come from.

The proposed plan for the stadium would take up space from 157th to 153rd streets, as well as eliminate the entrance ramp for the Major Deegan Expressway.

While the plans for the field are solid, there are little other details about where money would come from. It is not yet known if the project would get a tax break or if the construction of the field would provide local jobs.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has been a supporter of Major League Soccer coming to in the Bronx. He says he'll be examining different locations in the Bronx in an effort to see a proposal approved. 

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