By FRANCO PANIZO
It appears New York City FC has some convincing to do.
Hundreds of residents of the Bronx gathered for a town hall meeting on Wednesday night to discuss NYCFC’s proposal to bring a soccer-specific stadium to the borough, and several voiced displeasure over potentially having to use tax money to help build it.
All residents in attendance were asked to fill out a survey of questions surrounding the potential stadium, which the proposed plan says would take up space from 157th to 153rd streets and eliminate the entrance ramp for the Major Deegan Expressway. Among the things asked were if residents would welcome a new open-air stadium near Yankee Stadium and where they think funding for the project should come from.
It is currently unknown if the project would get a tax break or if the construction would provide local jobs. Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., however, has been a supporter of an MLS team finding a home in the Bronx and will be looking at different locations in the borough in an effort to get the proposal approval.
NYCFC begins play in MLS in 2015 and will play in temporary home until its stadium is constructed.
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