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New York City’s $780 Million Stadium will be first-ever fully electric MLS stadium

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🗞️ Driving the news: The New York City Football Club (NYCFC) has announced plans for a pioneering 25,000-seat, fully electric stadium in Willets Point, New York City, scheduled to open in 2027  
• This stadium, the first of its kind in Major League Soccer (MLS) and in New York City's professional sports scene, will be located near Citi Field and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

🔭 The context: Echoing the sustainability efforts of Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena, NYCFC's fully electric stadium aligns with their goal to establish a meaningful sustainability plan
• Features like solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, natural ventilation, and local sourcing of construction materials underscore the club's commitment to environmental responsibility

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The stadium's all-electric design, supplemented by solar energy and water-saving measures, represents a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of large sports venues
• It sets a precedent for future sports infrastructure projects, emphasizing sustainability and reduced carbon emissions

⏭️ What's next: Beyond its electric infrastructure, NYCFC is dedicated to waste reduction, including plans for on-site composting.
• This forward-thinking approach may inspire other sports organizations to adopt similar sustainable practices in their facilities

💬 One quote: “Sustainability is at the heart of this project, and we’re focused on ensuring that the club is leading the way when it comes to reducing environmental impact," stated Brad Sims, NYCFC CEO

📈 One stat: The $780 million privately funded stadium is part of a broader community plan, featuring 2,500 units of affordable housing, a new public school, and a hotel, demonstrating the multi-faceted impact of the project on local development

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