New York City has a freshly minted soccer team, which is being greeted by sports enthusiasts as another feather in the cap of a sports crazy city that's already got two of every professional sports team.
Still, Major League Soccer's upstart team, the New York City FC (NYCFC) is already encountering problems on the home front. For now, the squad is sharing space with the legendary Yankees in their $2.3 billion Bronx stadium, raising questions about how the field will be converted and turf will get maintained—just as baseball season officially kicks off.
"It'll definitely cause an issue, but it's nothing that we can control, so we can't worry about it," Mark Teixeira, the Yankees' first baseman, told the Wall Street Journal on March 10. "It's terrible for a field."
However, Tom Glick, the soccer team's president, told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on March 13 there should be no problems regarding field conditions or conversions once baseball season starts.
"Yankee Stadium has had a number of [soccer] games over the last five years, so we know how to convert this stadium back and forth," he said. Representatives for the Yankees declined to comment to a request from CNBC.
The controversy threatens to overshadow what is in fact a strong start for NYCFC, which is undefeated after three games, and scored a major public relations victory by nabbing Spanish striker David Villa as the face of the team. The NYCFC is scheduled to play 16 more games in the House that George Built, while baseball season is scheduled to start on April 5.