Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sports group wants soccer stadium in Queens

From the Daily News:

Plans to build a soccer stadium in Queens for the city's newest franchise may be running afoul due to lackluster interest from city officials and an aggressive push from Nassau County.

Owners of FC New York have said since the team's founding last year that they want to build a 9,000-seat stadium, preferably in Jamaica. But negotiations have stalled after preliminary discussions with the city Parks Department and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall's office, said team President Doug Petersen.

And the team is now being courted by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Petersen added.

But for FC New York officials, Queens remains the first choice - if only city officials would play ball.

"In the last two weeks, we are stepping up our campaign to reach out to people in local governments [in New York City] again to see if there are soccer friends in the political arena who want to help us," said Petersen, who is based in Garden City, L.I. "I think the sport of passion for people in Queens is soccer."

Yes, please build it here so we have even more traffic and have to dedicate more cops from our precincts to work game nights. I'm actually surprised the city isn't jumping at the chance to use eminent domain to build this stadium to entertain the tweeded masses.


Anonymous said...

I would love to have a soccer team in Queens and it would economically benefit the local community as well as stimulate the economy through construction.

herewegoagain said...

Hey, maybe we can put that in downtown Flushing too!