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Cosmos revise Belmont stadium bid, continue to target 25,000 seat venue

New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos have responded to ESD's request for a revised stadium proposal, and have now updated their stadium website with some new details. The club have issued the following on the revision:

In response to a November 2015 revision to the 2012 Request For Proposal issued by the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York Cosmos have submitted a revised plan for a privately-funded stadium and mixed-use development. ​This project, called "Elmont Town Crossings," includes all of the original scope; 175-room hotel, nine restaurants, +300,000 square feet retail and entertainment, as well as a world class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium. All of this located on what is commonly referred to as Parcel B immediately south of the Hempstead Turnpike and east of the Cross Island Parkway.

The club also issued the following details about the stadium itself:

It is anticipated that the stadium will host event days 30-50 a year, in addition to existing park race days, but will not hold events that conflict with major horseracing events such as the Belmont Stakes.

The stadium will also have a downward slope from west to east, so its profile will be no higher than 30 feet along the residential perimeter.

Ample parking will be available to accommodate both the stadium and NYRA events. There will be both ground level and underground parking. Additionally, Belmont is accessible by LIRR and bus service.

Once open, it is hoped the stadium will also host such events as World Cup and Olympic qualifying matches for the U.S. Men's and Women’s national team, exhibitions between world class foreign teams, the U.S. Open Cup and NCAA games.

Bearing in mind that it can be expensive for families to take their children to a sporting event, our proposal is structured so that ticket prices will be kept affordable.

More details about the revised bid can be found on the club's website, along with new renderings of the proposed facility. Hopefully, we'll hear good news on it soon.