New York City FC (NYCFC), of North American soccer’s MLS, has hired architects HOK and general contractor Turner Construction Company to build its new stadium in Queens.
The club announced the duo will design and build the $780-million, 25,000-seat stadium at the Willets Points neighborhood of Queens, adjacent to Citi Field, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.
The stadium will sit at the center of a mixed-use development that will also include 2,500 affordable housing units, a 650-seat public school, a hotel, and retail space.
NYCFC chief executive Brad Sims said: “We’re extremely excited to announce HOK as the architect and Turner Construction Company as the general contractor for our future home. It is clear that HOK and Turner are the right partners to bring our vision of a world-class stadium that is integrated into the local community.
“Soccer is known around the globe for its incredible in-stadium atmospheres, and we are committed to delivering a best-in-class experience for our fans in a stadium that reflects the greatest city in the world.
“This project will be transformative for Queens; the World’s Borough is the perfect location to build the City’s first stadium for the world’s game. Stadiums are where people come together, and we share a vision with HOK to ensure our stadium becomes a destination of soccer for our fans while playing an important part in the development of Willets Point.”
NYCFC, HOK, and Turner said they plan to finalize the design of the stadium later this year, which will be reviewed by the New York City Public Design Commission as part of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.
If the project is approved by the end of this year, the stadium will be on track to open in time for the 2027 MLS season.
Rashed Singaby, principal and senior project designer at HOK, said: “The stadium will embody New York City’s dynamism and cultural diversity and become a vibrant example of urban placemaking.
“Our design will embrace the multi-faceted identity of Queens, Flushing Meadows, and the site’s industrial heritage, offering fans an unprecedented, hospitality-driven game-day experience while integrating into the local community as an everyday asset.”
HOK and Turner had previously partnered on 400 projects together in the last 50 years, including a $750-million public health laboratory project in Albany, New York, and the Shell Place concert venue in Canada.
Turner, meanwhile, has worked on several top sports venues including TQL Stadium, SoFi Stadium, Lower.com Field, the Golden 1 Center, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Levi’s Stadium, and the Intuit Dome.
Charlie Whitney, Turner vice president and general manager, said: “From the very beginning of our involvement, we understood the importance of this project and the positive impact and transformation it will bring to the entire community.
“We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with HOK and the entire team over the next several years to achieve our common goals, deliver on our commitments, and make this project a reality for NYCFC and NYC.”
The 23-acre (93,000-sq m) site earmarked for the stadium is owned by New York City (NYC) and will be leased to the club and “a development team that includes Hudson Yards developer Related Companies and Sterling Equities.”
NYC mayor Eric Adams previously said the project will transform a “blighted, underutilized, and ignored” former industrial area close to the waterfront.
The new project also ends a decade-long search by NYCFC for a stadium, with the club having played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx since its inaugural season in 2015 despite having only initially intended to spend three seasons there.
NYCFC is part of City Football Group, the parent company of English Premier League giants Manchester City and several other clubs around the world.