THE BRONX - A big announcement was made at Yankee Stadium Monday morning, as the city's first soccer club is set to play its first season.
Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti announced the New York City Football Club's inaugural season will start in March 2015 at the historic stadium. The NYCFC will become Major League Soccer's 20th franchise.
This will also mark the first MLS season ever played at the stadium, although games will be scheduled around the Yankees.
It was also announced that eight youth soccer organizations will also be joining the NYCFC as affiliate teams.
Club officials say they chose Yankee Stadium as their home venue because stadium officials understand their needs as a soccer league.
Pernetti went on to say that Yankee Stadium will just be a temporary home, as the NYCFC is committed to building a dedicated stadium for the franchise somewhere in the five boroughs.
Yankees COO Lonn Trost explained how the ballfield will be converted in the manner appropriate for a soccer match, and alleviated concerns of obstructions being present on the field.
The club wasted no time in allowing fans to purchase season tickets, as they went on sale shortly after the press conference.
Some Bronx residents were excited to welcome the franchise, while others only see the stadium as a baseball staple.
For the complete announcement, watch the clip to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.