Instead, New York City F.C. will head to Citi Field, which has hosted both international and club matches since opening in 2009. When Italy’s Juventus and Mexico’s Club America played a friendly there in 2011, the field was oriented from the third-base dugout to the right-field wall.
An N.Y.C.F.C. official said the team and the Yankees, who regularly meet about scheduling issues as a result of their stadium-sharing arrangement, began seriously exploring moving the Columbus game several weeks ago — even before the Yankees had played their first postseason game.
An agreement with the Mets was reached over the weekend, before the Yankees wrapped up their series win over the Indians, and included an escape clause in the event the Yankees failed to advance to the A.L.C.S.
But now they have, and even if that series ends before the soccer match — Games 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven A.L.C.S. against the Houston Astros are scheduled for Yankee Stadium on Oct. 17 and 18 — team officials decided that moving the game now was the best option.
Even in the case of a four-game sweep, the turnaround would have been tight. But if the Yankees swept the Astros, the Stadium would need to be prepared for the World Series, and for any Yankees practices preceding it.
Making the change now, the soccer team said, would allow the teams and their fans to prepare accordingly and allow preparations at Citi Field — including ticketing, operations and the installation of the soccer field — to begin immediately.
Once the decision was made, Citi Field, which was unavailable when the team moved its September match, was deemed the best solution for a fan base that draws heavily from New York City’s five boroughs and relies on mass transit to attend games.
“While we are happy for our partners, the New York Yankees, we understand that relocating a home game is a significant challenge for fans,” Jon Patricof, the New York City F.C. president, said in a statement. “We feel Citi Field will give our team the best chance of success on the field and provide a good environment for our incredible fans.”
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