Soccer Stadium Update

The big stadium news today came courtesy of the New York Postwhich indicated that Major League Soccer is closing on a deal to construct a $300 million facility in Queens at Corona Park.   According to the article, the 25,000 seat stadium could start rising from the ground as early as next year.  As we have previously discussed on this site, MLS has made it clear that the stadium is the primary goal for a New York 2 project.  The league believes that ownership groups will line up to invest in MLS if a stadium deal is in place.  The Post quotes a number of unnamed sources in their report and suggests that the State is extremely excited about the opportunity to place the team within New York City.  Per the article, “under an arrangement now being discussed, the city, which owns Flushing Meadows Park, would give up about nine acres for the project, but would receive an equivalent amount of land from the state for parkland use.”

The other recent big stadium news came out of DC United where the new team owners have re-committed to finding a permanent home for DC United.  Over the years, DC has had flirtations with Northern Virgina, Baltimore and the District over the years yet the remained chained to RFK.  According to the Sporting The prime target for the stadium is Buzzard Point, a small peninsula on the Anacostia River close to Nationals Park. Levien said there is no need to “overcomplicate” the proposed soccer stadium. Amenities are great and he cares deeply about rewarding United fans for their patience and constructing a technologically and environmentally modern facility that won’t be obsolete in 20 years. But he won’t sacrifice location for bells and whistles. “D.C.” remains the most important part of the club’s name.”