Major League Soccer have moved closer to finalising a deal for a $300 million soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows - Corona Park, Queens.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said on Friday that the league is hoping to complete the deal within the next month so that groundbreaking can take place in 2014.

Garber said: “This is a project we have been dreaming about since the league was founded. Our goal is to bring the world’s game to the world’s park.”

The 25,000-seat stadium, planned to be constructed near Citi Field and the National Tennis Center, is to be financed by MLS and they plan to refurbish nearby soccer fields and replace the park land used for the stadium.

Although the stadium is in the planning process, and is hoped to open in 2016 or 2017 providing no major delays, the tenants are yet to be announced. The closest MLS franchise to the city is the New York Red Bulls, who currently play at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Elsewhere, there is newly-formed second-tier North American Soccer League franchise New York Cosmos who are scheduled to play at Hofstra University.


Posted on 07/10/2012