A Queens-based booster club which calls itself the Borough Boys has made it their mission to bring a second Major League Soccer (MLS) team to New York City. The group advocates housing the team in Queens, citing the diverse population and central location as perfect for soccer support.
Since Citi Field will be opened in the spring, leaving a large open space where Shea Stadium used to stand the Boys feel the Flushing-Meadows area would be ideal for a soccer stadium.
Effort Afoot To Bring Soccer Team To Queens
“We were amazed to find out that [Mets Owner Fred] Wilpon’s team already has a detailed plan, including the financials, to build a soccer stadium on the grounds around Shea Stadium. Wilpon and his team understood full well the popularity of soccer in the neighborhoods adjacent to the stadium, and speculated on the huge success of not only an MLS team there, but the possibility of international friendlies throughout the year. Council member Monserrate spoke of the popularity of the sport among his constituents and the Queens community, and that it would be greatly appreciated by so many fans of the beautiful game. “We all agreed to move forward together to make the project work,” he said.
Recently the league announced it is accepting bids for two new franchises to be the 17th and 18th MLS teams. Now the Borough Boys are initiating “Project 17,” to ensure that Queens submits at least one bid, and to convince the league that New York City is a fertile market for soccer growth.
Where the hell will the cars park - on the grass? Excellent idea, especially with the scheduled development of Willets Point which we already know will exacerbate the current traffic nightmare. Will we subsidize this stadium, too?