Soccer Stadium Plan Could Be Done in a Month: Report

Plan to site a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows could be finished in 30 days.


Major League Soccer and New York City are hoping to hammer out a deal to put a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the next month, according to a report in Tuesday's New York Daily News. 

According to the paper, the stadium would cost about $300 million to construct, and be sited on 10 to 13 acres around the Fountains of Industry. The stadium would start at 25,000 seats and could eventuallly expand to around 35,000 if the team proves popular.

As part of the deal, the paper said, MLS would be required to replace used parkland nearby, and refurbish youth soccer fields already present in the park.

Soccer enthusiasts say Queens is the perfect place to put a second New York City team, given the sport's status as the world's game, and the borough's status as the world's most diverse county.

Currently, the New York Red Bulls of the MLS play at a stadium in New Jersey.

The park has hosted soccer games in the past — at Citi Field.

el jefe October 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM
"Soccer enthusiasts say Queens is the perfect place to put a second New York City team" Fine. Just don't put it in Flushing Meadows Park. How come no one ever suggests putting up a huge building in Central Park?
Joe October 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Because Central Park actually gets money from the city. Flushing Meadows Park does not and you can basically smell it on an average summer day. And if you don't agree, I dare you to take a swim in that giant pool of feces that they are replacing with the stadium.
mike smithson October 16, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Get rid of the pool maybe, put green space back, its a park after all, not a commercial industrial zone... put the stadium in the rego park rail yards or the toxic land they want to use to replace this alienated park land if the stadium is approved. No brainer, its all being driven by politics and pocket filling...


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