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Cosmos stadium decision expected to be announced soon

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Hopefully it a favorable decision for the Cosmos, and we can begin work on our new home shortly

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Seemingly every time Eric Stover speaks with the media, one of the questions asked is about the status of the Belmont stadium proposal. The club has been waiting on a decision from the Empire State Development Corp, who were weighing up proposals from the NASL club as well as three other bidders.

Today, spokesman Jason Conwall had the following update (of sorts) on the timetable for making a decision.

"We hope to announce a decision soon. We want to be thorough and comprehensive."

-Newsday

The Cosmos are competing against three bids which would build restaurants, big box stores, and outlet stores on the lot, all of which have a bit of land set aside for some sort of public use.

The Cosmos have had a strong supporter in Senator Jack Martins, who has been pushing for a decision in favor of the 25,000 seat stadium. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has also been in favor of the Cosmos' plans.

The original hope had been for ground to be broken in early 2014, with the stadium ready to open ahead of the 2016 season. With the delays already suffered, it looks as if the timetable would be pushed back by a year.

If you haven't read up on the stadium proposal yet, you can do so here.