The New York Cosmos have submitted plans for a 25,000-capacity stadium on Long Island.

The club intends to spend $400million on a stadium adjacent to the famous Belmont Park racetrack that will anchor a complex featuring a 175-room hotel, restaurants, retail and a public park. State senator Jack Martins said the “game-changer” project could help the area compensate for the departure of the NHL’s New York Islanders in 2015 to Brooklyn.

The club are preparing to enter their first season in the North American Soccer League and will play their home fixtures at Hofstra University's 15,000-seater James M. Shuart Stadium, the same location the original Cosmos played in 1972 and '73.

The submission puts an end to the rumours surrounding the Cosmos becoming the future owners of Major League Soccer's planned Queens Stadium.

It was unclear whether the Cosmos intend to compete directly with a future MLS expansion franchise in Queens or are counting on offering its Belmont Park stadium as a viable and cheaper alternative. MLS is targeting 2016 as the opening date for a Flushing Meadows arena.



Posted on 16/01/2013