In response to a November 2015 revision to the 2012 Request For Proposal issued by the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York Cosmos have submitted a revised plan for a privately-funded stadium and mixed-use development. This project, called "Elmont Town Crossings," includes all of the original scope; 175-room hotel, nine restaurants, +300,000 square feet retail and entertainment, as well as a world class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium. All of this located on what is commonly referred to as Parcel B immediately south of the Hempstead Turnpike and east of the Cross Island Parkway.
It is anticipated that the stadium will host event days 30-50 a year, in addition to existing park race days, but will not hold events that conflict with major horseracing events such as the Belmont Stakes.
The stadium will also have a downward slope from west to east, so its profile will be no higher than 30 feet along the residential perimeter.
Ample parking will be available to accommodate both the stadium and NYRA events. There will be both ground level and underground parking. Additionally, Belmont is accessible by LIRR and bus service.
Once open, it is hoped the stadium will also host such events as World Cup and Olympic qualifying matches for the U.S. Men's and Women’s national team, exhibitions between world class foreign teams, the U.S. Open Cup and NCAA games.
Bearing in mind that it can be expensive for families to take their children to a sporting event, our proposal is structured so that ticket prices will be kept affordable.
The Retail Space
The retail and entertainment space would span nearly 370,000 square feet, encompassing nine restaurants, a 175-room hotel, shopping and a movie theater.
The project would feature new transportation improvements, including improved access, enhanced parking options and better circulation for vehicles and pedestrians. These improvements would complement existing connections to the Cross Island Parkway and public transportation links such as the Long Island Rail Road, MTA bus and Nassau Intercounty Express (NICE) bus.
The Cosmos’ proposal brings much needed revenue and jobs to Nassau County and Elmont. Construction at the site would create more than 500 jobs, in addition to over 3,000 full-time permanent jobs once the stadium, stores, restaurants and hotel are open.
Construction alone would generate over $500 million, concentrated in Nassau County, plus more than $200 million in annual revenue.
The project is expected to cost over $400 million, and will be privately funded.
The proposal for Elmont Town Crossings was first formally delivered to the Empire State Development Corporation on January 11, 2013. In response to a November 2015 revision to the 2012 Request For Proposal issued by the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York Cosmos have submitted a revised plan for a privately-funded stadium and mixed-use development.
If approved, the Cosmos will work with state and local officials and the community to finalize plans and begin preparations for construction. Should a final agreement be reached, we expect shovels to break ground a year later and hope to have the stadium completed by the following year. Field installation and the opening of retail establishments will follow suit.
About the Cosmos
The New York Cosmos are reigning champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL), having captured their second league title in three seasons and seventh overall on Nov. 15, 2015 with a 3-2 win over Ottawa Fury FC in The Championship Final at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.
The Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the NASL, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto. It had been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.
On Aug. 3, 2013, the New York Cosmos returned to the NASL with a sellout win at Shuart Stadium, before embarking on a season that would see the Cosmos win the 2013 Soccer Bowl with a 1-0 victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Nov. 9, 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Raúl and Marcos Senna, legends at famed Spanish sides Real Madrid and Villarreal CF, each suited up in Cosmos colors for modern era championship runs, adding their names to the impressive list of global soccer stars to feature at the club.
For more information on the New York Cosmos, please visit nycosmos.com, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@NYCosmos). Tickets for the 2016 season are now available by calling 855-71-COSMOS or via the club’s official website at nycosmos.com/seasontickets.