Meanwhile in New York, the Cosmos make $400m plans
It’s no secret that the revamped New York Cosmos are hoping to make a splash as they return to professional soccer in the North American Soccer League (NASL) this August. It’s no secret that Major League Soccer wants its 20th team to be in Queens.
Today, the Cosmos launched a microsite with full details about their plan to privately fund a new 25k seat stadium in Belmont Park, almost on the border of Queens and Long Island. The proposed stadium hoping to open in 2016 is designed by Populous, the firm behind projects like the Emirates, Wembley, and the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. Questions are being raised as to whether or not the New York City area could even support 3 clubs, but before we get to 3 we need to get to 2. A fair share of drama lies ahead between the Cosmos and MLS, as does plenty of entertainment, but it’s reasonable to say that this could be an extravagant, exciting leap forward.
We’re only scratching the surface, so for more information here’s…
- The official release about the proposal from the Cosmos site.
- Cosmos COO Erik Stover talking about the announcement
- Grant Wahl on the Cosmos plan, which is separate from MLS plans
What’s your reaction? Full support, skepticism, or thinking this is general step forward for the sport in the States?