MLS CLOSING IN ON NEW YORK STADIUM DEAL

Major League Soccer is getting closer to an agreement with state and city officials regarding the construction of a 25,000 seater soccer-stadium complex costing $300 million located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York City.

The stadium, which could break ground as early as the beginning of next year, would be the home of a 20th MLS franchise yet to be named.

The proposed venue would be built in the shadow of Citi Field and the complex plans are reported to include nine soccer fields available for community and lower-league use.

Due to parklands being involved in the purchase, the state, city and Metropolitan Transportation Authority would need to grant approval for the project, which is to be fully funded by the MLS ownership group and the project's sponsors.

A source of the New York Post said: “Flushing Meadows is centrally located, can easily be reached from Long Island, and Queens has large ethnic populations that really love the sport of soccer."

And a state official added: “I definitely think this could happen in 2013 and it will generate construction jobs, permanent jobs and sales-tax revenues for the city and the state.

“This would be a big boon to the state and the city, and, of course, it would be very exciting for the different ethnic groups in the city that love the sport of soccer. It would provide a great recreational opportunity."

If the stadium was to be constructed it would be the first soccer specific stadium in New York, the closest to the iconic City is the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

Posted on 15/08/2012