Why We Support NYCFC
Though I don't think we ,(the members of the New York City Borough Boys and other supporters of a team in the city), owe anyone an explanation for our intent -- to give some people a reference point in who are and what we are doing...i will gladly shed a little light on this for you.
1. First and foremost, we do not need to have any reasons for supporting a second team in the metro area based on the following fact:
-- Many, many investors are dying for the chance to put an MLS team
in the City of New York, i.e. Queens, with a few other locations in mind.
The Borough Boys were founded upon the principle of showing these investors and the city, that if a team was in fact placed within the confines of our city, that team would be one of the most well supported team in MLS.
We were not founded to "will a team into existence."
We were formed because of news of Fred Wilpon and other possible investors being linked to a team in our fair city.
These investors and the city know of many reasons why this team would
be a success and is the reason most of these investors are willing to fork
over such a hefty franchise fee without a second thought.
These investors KNOW how well a team would work.
Their reasons should be good enough for anyone in doubt.
Now, if this doesn't satisfy you (which is should),here are other reasons we want to support a team in the city of New York City.
Let it be known, that we all have differing reasons for not supporting RBNY, yet most of these reasons combined are why we do not.
Not only is the location of RedBull "New York" not in the city of New York, it's not in the same state. That aside, at their current residence of Giants Stadium, most New Yorkers could not be bothered with making it out to GS because of a "solid" means of public transportation. Most New Yorkers don't own vechicles and getting to Giants Stadium on game day and be tedious and annoying, and not generally worth the trouble. This has been the case for the entirety of MLS and had turned off many new yorkers for the last 11 years. Now with RedBull Park being built, some NY's will gladly take PATH trains to Harrision, but for some of us..it's too little too late.
To much of the chagrin of New Jersyites.... we don't identify with RBNY.
Some of it has to do with the complete lack of advertisement in the City, or the fact RB FO has made no solid attempt to win the hearts of New Yorkers. Most of us simply don't understand why we should support a team in New Jersey when their is a large possibilty of having our own team in the actual City. We simply don't feel we are represented by the brand and the team that is RedBull New York.
We understand that advertisment is a necessity in MLS. Some of us feel
bothered by a large corporation owning an MLS team, and even worse, over-branding the team to the extent of re-naming the team after it's product. This may seem childish, or "little"...but some of us are not excited about supporting an energy drink company.
New York is the largest city in the United States. With just the city population of 8.2 Million, we feel that 2 teams could be supported in one metro area, (a metro area of 18 million.)
Just the borough of Queens has more people than the entire metro population of Columbus, while just the borough of Brooklyn has almost the same population as the entire Urban population of Seattle.
These may sound like frivolous numbers, but they only partly convey the sheer number of fans and future fans of the game. Our massive market is not being tapped by RBNY, and will be fully realized with a team in the City of New York.
6. Rivarly and a first true Derby.
With 2 teams in the Metro area, one on each side of the river...
MLS will be blessed with it's first true inner city rivarly that will show the entire nation what a real soccer derby is. This fixture will change the face of soccer in the country.
Also, a team in Queens will give extra "home" games to RBNY and provide other North Eastern teams with closer road games, providing in turn more traveling fans.