What a Difference a Week Makes: Proposed MLS Stadium Location Revisited

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Just last Monday, when our New York Daily News Op-Ed opposing the proposed construction of a Major League Soccer stadium in the heart of Flushing Meadows Corona Park called the parkland "irreplaceable," Mayor Bloomberg refuted our position: “It's not irreplaceable," he said, assuring reporters that the stadium would indeed be built in the park.  In late April, MLS Commissioner Don Garber echoed those sentiments: "If we get this done, it will be in Flushing Meadow Park. There is no Plan B,'' he told The Associated Press.

 Yet on Tuesday, the new team – to be co-owned by the Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees – announced its partnership and indicated that the new team would be open to considering alternate sites for a stadium. When asked about FMCP as the home for the stadium, the mayor told reporters: "I think that's a wonderful place for it, but it's not the only place."

New Yorkers for Parks welcomed the announcement and is particularly pleased that the team, called the New York City Football Club, is open to exploring alternative sites for a stadium. We look forward to working with the Bloomberg Administration, MLS and the team to identify a more appropriate location for NYCFC's permanent home.

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