New York City FC unveiled details for its proposed soccer stadium for Belmont Race Track at a hearing at Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont, N.Y. Sunday.

The stadium would seat 26,000. It also would include 400,000 square feet of space for retail, a 5.2 acres community park and a two-acre soccer facility.

The MLS team has played at Yankee Stadium since its inception in 2015.

“We’ve been looking for a soccer stadium for four years now and we’re very excited to be working with Related Companies to propose our ideas this this site,” NYCFC chief infrastructure officer was quoted by Newsday.

Related Companies is the club’s lead developer.

Belmont is not NYCFC’s top priority. The team is considering other possibilities, including the Harlem River Yards in the South Bronx, a spot near the stadium and in Flushing, Queens.

City and the Islanders are the only two bidders at Belmont, which is located mostly in Nassau County on Long Island. NYCFC would prefer to have a team in the five boroughs.

The hockey team has proposed an 18,000-seat arena, 435,000 square feet of space for retail, a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms and a 10,000-square foot “innovation center,” according to a report Monday’s Newsday.

The Islanders, who play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, have only targeted Elmont. “We have blinders on for Belmont,” team co-owner Jonathan Ledecky was quoted by Newsday.

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