A track-backed soccer stadium that was once a reality in the Flatiron District is back to full capacity and all seating is sold out.
On Friday, the Manhattan City Council unanimously approved construction of the new, $62 million Kauffman Stadium. The facility was originally scheduled to open in 2006, but was delayed by environmental conditions and the weather.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation earlier this year and the stadium — located at West 14th Street and Broadway — will host various baseball, soccer, basketball and other sports across the borough. It will feature a golf course that doubles as a baseball diamond, after the East Hampton Golf Club last year revealed that Kauffman was too complicated a project to build.
“I’m thrilled to bring the new Kauffman Stadium back to the Flatiron District in a timely manner and with a new purpose that will not only help the City and this community for the benefit of generations to come, but also make it truly New York City at its finest,” Mr. de Blasio said.
The stadium seats 4,778 on two sides and was originally projected to seat 5,300. But the average seat size has decreased since the beginning of the 20th century and the construction schedule has fallen short.
On the website ticketbuyerreviews.com, an independent New York City watchdog, the site disclosed it was “relaxed in [its] view” that there were 1,500 seats remaining to be sold. These come from the purchase of club seats, which are essentially luxury boxes that will be accessible to all but those who can afford to pay $2,500 a ticket for the most premium seats.
Some premium seats will have cash bases, such as “Bronx Premium,” which will seat in excess of 600 people. The parking areas on seven sides will come with either Cash Pass or “Cash 100,” some of which will be reserved by lottery, with small payments costing $7 and $5 for remainder of season.
There are fees for parking, which is in the $400 range, and financial charges for premium seats. Also ticketed:
Three luxury boxes: also known as Platinum Residences, one 500-square-foot suites and two 32-foot wide terraces
Three Platinum suites: also known as Platinum Residences, one 500-square-foot suites and two 32-foot wide terraces
VIP Terrace: a group of suites with 200 and 300-square-foot units
Multiple concept suites and studios
Free Open Zones with pavilions for events ranging from orchestra concerts and theater productions to five-day visits for recreational leagues, farmers’ markets and just plain fun events.
Kauffman Stadium is open until Oct. 31 and when it reopens, will feature stadium parking, free fireworks, and seating next to City Hall.