New York Cosmos Stadium

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This article is about the proposed home of the New York Cosmos soccer team. For their current home, see James M. Shuart Stadium.
New York Cosmos Stadium
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File:New York Cosmos Stadium Concept Art.jpg
Location Elmont, New York
Coordinates 40°42′31.5966″N 73°43′33.747″W / 40.708776833°N 73.72604083°W / 40.708776833; -73.72604083Coordinates: 40°42′31.5966″N 73°43′33.747″W / 40.708776833°N 73.72604083°W / 40.708776833; -73.72604083
Operator New York Cosmos
Capacity 25,000
Broke ground TBD
Opened TBD
Architect Populous / Spector Group
Structural engineer Cameron Engineering
General contractor Turner Construction Company / McKissack & McKissack
New York Cosmos (NASL)

The New York Cosmos Stadium is a proposed 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium and multipurpose facility.[1] It is to be located in the New York metropolitan area on the Queens and Nassau County border.[2] Plans were submitted to New York's Empire State Development Corporation. Upon completion, it would be the home stadium of the New York Cosmos.[3]


The stadium is part of a privately financed $400 million[4][5] entertainment complex known as Elmont Town Crossings which is designed to be built within Belmont Park. Along with the stadium, the project would include a Cosmos museum, retail, restaurants, a hotel, a pedestrian bridge over Hempstead Turnpike, better road access along the Hempstead Turnpike and Cross Island Parkway, improvements to the LIRR Belmont Park station, new parking space, a new 4.3-acre park, a youth soccer field, and remodeled soccer fields nearby. Team officials said the project would create 500 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent, full-time jobs.[6]

A team[7][8] of architects, engineers, and contractors are assembled for the stadium and project including Populous, the Spector Group, Cameron Engineering, Turner Construction Company, and McKissack & McKissack.[9]


The Cosmos have said the stadium would be host to national and international soccer events, other sports (such as Rugby and Lacrosse), music concerts, and local sports teams.[10][11]

As the stadium plan is evaluated, the New York Cosmos continue to play at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University. In 2013, the team opened a new practice facility at the Mitchel Athletic Complex. The new stadium was originally aimed to be completed in 2015 and opened by 2016,[12] but the plan has been delayed by at least one year.[13]


In 2012, the New York Empire State Development Corporation issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop an area of underutilized land at Belmont Park. In January 2013, the New York Cosmos delivered a response with the above plan.[14]

In November 2015, the ESDC asked all bidders to revise and re-submit their propsals. The Cosmos revised their plan to remove one parcel of land.[15]

The project is one of four competing proposals currently awaiting a determination from the Empire State Development Corporation.[15]


  1. Brown, Julian. "New York Cosmos Propose State of the Art, $400 Million Dollar Stadium Plan". Philly Sports Live. 
  2. CBS 2 News (January 26, 2013). "Cosmos Pushing Hard For 25,000-Seat Stadium Near Belmont Park". CBS 2 News. 
  3. New York Cosmos. "About New York Cosmos Stadium". New York Cosmos. 
  4. Bondy, Filip (January 16, 2013). "NY Cosmos plan $400 million, 25,000-seat soccer stadium at Belmont Park racetrack". NY Daily News. 
  5. Martinez, Dave. "FIRST LOOK: New Cosmos Stadium Design Plan". Empire of 
  6. USA Today (January 16, 2013). "New York Cosmos plan Belmont Park soccer stadium". USA Today. 
  7. "KC’s Populous architecture a major player at London Olympics – Kansas City Star". 
  8. Ptinceton HealthCare System Foundation. "A Builder with a Heart". Ptinceton HealthCare System Foundation. 
  9. New York Cosmos. "New York Cosmos Stadium Team". New York Cosmos. 
  10. New York Cosmos. "Erik Stover Answers Your Questions on the Belmont Proposal". New York Cosmos. 
  11. New York Cosmos. "New York Cosmos Stadium FAQ". New York Cosmos. 
  12. VickieM. "$400 Million Soccer Stadium Proposed for Long Island". Long 
  13. Lewis, Michael. "BACK-UP PLANS: Cosmos looking into other stadium possibilities if Belmont is not approved; they're still optimistic". 
  14. TICC. "Cosmos submit stadium plan for Belmont". Thisiscosmoscountry. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "REVISED PLANS Report: Cosmos give NY state new proposal for Belmont stadium". Big Apple Soccer. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 

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