The Big Apple might just be home to yet another professional sports team. According to the Wall Street Journal, Corona Park in Flushing, Queens is being proposed as the site for a future Major League Soccer stadium.
MLS commissioner Don Garber has approached NYC about building a 20,000-25,000 seat soccer-specific stadium in the middle of Corona Park, just a short walk from Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium. The project is being privately financed by the MLS and is not currently associated with any team as the rights to the franchise will be sold to the highest bidder.
The stadium will first need to get by a City Council vote before the league can break ground on the site. It is expected to take about one to two years to construct barring any legal issues.
If all turns out the way MLS hopes, New York City will finally get their own soccer team to rival the NY Red Bulls who are actually based in Harrison, New Jersey.
As a soccer fan living in NYC, I have been waiting for this day for a very long time. Sure we have the Red Bulls to root for, but now we finally have our own team in our own city. No longer will New Yorkers have to travel to New Jersey to root on their “home team”. This is great news not only for New York soccer fans, but for American soccer as a whole. The rivalry between both teams will draw a lot of interest and generate a great deal of media attention for MLS in the media capital of the world. The only way for soccer to gain more popularity in this country is for the sport to be talked about in a city like New York. Who knows; maybe we’ll even see the return of the legendary New York Cosmos!