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Council OKs NYCFC Queens soccer stadium, Willets Point neighborhood transformation


New York City is getting its first-ever standalone soccer stadium.

The City Council voted 47-1 Thursday to approve a new 25,000-seat home for New York City FC across from Citi Field in Willets Point, Queens, along with 1,400 affordable homes, a hotel and more as part of a larger plan to transform the area in the coming years.

The $800 million all-electric stadium is projected to open in time for the 2027 Major League Soccer season. It will eventually anchor a new neighborhood with thousands of affordable apartments.

A rendering of the planned NYCFC stadium in Willets Point, Queens. (NYCFC)
A rendering of the planned NYCFC stadium in Willets Point, Queens. (NYCFC)

Thursday’s final vote was the culmination of years of planning both to secure NYCFC a permanent home and redevelop the blighted Willets Point corner of Queens.

Specifically, the Council passed the second of two rezonings spearheaded by NYCFC, the city’s Economic Development Corporation and Queens Development Group, an umbrella organization for real estate giants Related Companies and Sterling Equities.

It’s part of a bigger plan already underway to build a new neighborhood at Willets Points. Aside from the stadium, there will be 2,500 affordable apartments, a 650-seat public school, a 250-room hotel, open space, shops, new streets and new sewers — over 3 million square feet of total development expected to generate $6.1 billion in economic impact over three decades.

A rendering of the planned NYCFC stadium in Willets Point, Queens. (NYCFC)
A rendering of the planned NYCFC stadium in Willets Point, Queens. (NYCFC)

The scheme represents New York’s largest 100% affordable housing project in over 40 years. The city broke ground on the school and 1,100 units in December, with 880 of those expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

Known locally as the “Iron Triangle” or the “Valley of Ashes” — famously coined by F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Great Gatsby” — Willets Point has historically been home to a cluster of autobody shops. Some 23 acres have already undergone extensive environmental remediation to address decades of contamination.

Local Councilmember Francisco Moya has been the plan’s staunchest supporter in government.

“We all know how many failed plans and false starts this corner of the world has seen,” he said ahead of the vote. “This plan puts housing first, ensuring that we didn’t get left with empty promises down the line.”

He became visibly emotional recalling his childhood soccer dreams growing up in Corona.

“To you, Pop, this one’s for you,” Moya said. “I wish that you could be here to see this. I love you.”

Exactly when the entire Willets Point redevelopment will be done is unclear.

“I do not know the timeline,” Speaker Adrienne Adams said at a press conference before the vote. “At this point, we are still working with the Council member, with the developers on all of this, so I don’t have a timeline for you.”

This is a developing story that will be updated.

Chris Sommerfeldt contributed reporting

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