NYCFC calls Yankee Stadium in the Bronx home. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
New York City FC could wind up playing outside of New York City.
The Major League Soccer club is preparing to submit a proposal to develop a soccer stadium at Belmont Race Track in Elmont, N.Y., Newsday reported Monday afternoon.
City will become the second soccer team interested in Belmont as the Cosmos (North American Soccer League) placed a proposal in January 2013 before the Empire State Development Corp. and waited for three years before the agency asked them and other bidders to resubmit their proposals.
Most of the Belmont property is located in Elmont, N.Y., which is located on Long Island and not the city.
NYCFC woulnd’t be the lone sports team with a bid as the New York Islanders hockey team want to develop a plan for a new ice hockey arena on the property.
The deadline for the proposal request is 2 p.m. Thursday, the newspaper reporter.
The Empire State Development Corp. isn’t expected to make a decision for several months.
NYCFC has called Yankee Stadium home for Major League Soccer matches since it joined theleague as an expansion team in 2015. The club has been looking for a new home since 2014. On Saturday, it was forced to play a home game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Hartford, Conn. because the Yankees need the baseball park for a make-up baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday. The Yankees said they need 72 hours to convert a soccer pitch into a baseball field.
In January 2013, the Cosmos proposed to finance and build a $400-million, 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium. Besides the privately funded stadium, the Cosmos’ Elmont Town Crossings” project also included a 60,000-square foot area that would feature nine restaurants, some 250,000-square feet of retail space, that 175-room hotel, a community center, a 4.3-acre public park and soccer fields for the community.
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