Opening Day is less than 48 hours away! Fans of the New York Cosmos are gushing with excitement that has been building since November! Believe it or not, besides that match itself, there is lots going on at Schuart Stadium tomorrow before, during and after the match! Here are some things that you might want to know if you’re coming to see the Cosmos on Opening Day this Sunday!
NEW YORK HOSPITAL OF QUEENS BLOOD DRIVE – 2pm thru 5:30pm
The New York Cosmos are proud to support our official hospital and orthopedic consultants, New York Hospital Queens, as they host their kick-off blood drive prior to our home opener. Their Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the box office in Hofstra University’s reserved lot from 2-5:30 pm. The mobile will be equipped with goodies for all Cosmos fans and all eligible donors will receive a co-branded sports cap.
FREE FAN FEST W/ NESQUICK – 3:00pm thru 5:00pm
If you will be bringing out kids to the game, don’t forget about the FREE Fan Fest that opens two (2) hours prior to every home match! Recently the team partnered with Nesquik which will provide a number of unique and interactive events at the Fan Fest area for all Cosmos home games this season. Fans will also be treated to free Nesquik beverages before the game at Fan Fest and after the game. Fan Fest is located on the grass fields across from Gates D & E, check it out before you enter the stadium so you don’t miss out on all of the fun!
SUPPORTERS TAILGATE FOR ALL COSMOS FANS – 3:OOpm thru 5:00pm
The Cross Island Crew & The Borough Boys supporters groups are partnering with Garden City Long Island’s own Prost Grill & Garten restaurant to throw a festive tail gate prior to the match in one of the parking lots adjacent to the stadium and directly behind Social Bar and kitchen. The lot is circled in the picture above. Burgers and Brats will be provided by Prost Grill at a suggested donation of $5. Your donation is good for two items. Either a burger or a brat or two of each. This event is a bring your own beer event.
FIRST 5,000 FANS TO ENTER THE STADIUM TO RECEIVE A FEEE PELE T-SHIRT
The Cosmos love to give away items to their fans and they are wasting no time doing it at the home opener. The first 5,000 fans will receive the free t-shirt pictured above that has the #10 and the name Pele listed on the back. A nice shirt for any Cosmos fans. Make sure to enter the gates early because there are only 5,000 of these special items!
PELE WILL BE HONORED PRIOR TO THE MATCH WITH THE NASL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY – approx 4:30-4:45pm
Prior to kickoff, Pele along with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson and Senator Jack Martins will partake in a pre-game trophy presentation to celebrate last year’s Soccer Bowl championship win. Make sure you are in your seats in time to see the “king” himself take to the field to say hello to the fans and celebrate the championship season the Cosmos had in 2013!
GAME TIME IS 5:00PM – NEW YORK COSMOS VS ATLANTA SILVERBACKS
The chase for the 2014 NASL Spring title gets under way for both the Cosmos and the Silverbacks officially at 5:00pm. This of course is a rematch of last year’s NASL championship Soccer Bowl match which the Cosmos won 1-0. The Silverbacks are coming to NY to avenge that loss. The Cosmos did not lose a match at Hofstra last year. This one will prove to be an exciting home opener!
DURING THE MATCH VISIT THE NEW BEER GARDEN!
Be sure to check out the new Sam Adams Beer Garden located behind Section 1 on the Plaza Level near Gate A! This is a new feature to Cosmos home matches now in 2014!
FREE COSMOS SCHEDULE MAGNET!
After what hopefully be a New York Cosmos win, make sure to take a minute away from cheering and rejoicing and look for staff giving out free magnets with the NY Cosmos season schedule on it. Since opening day was so much fun you’ll want to make sure you know all of the home game dates for 2014!
AFTER PARTY BY THE CROSS ISLAND CREW – after the match
If you are still yearning for more Cosmos fun and revelry don’t fret – it’ not over once the ball stops rolling! The Cross Island Crew have partnered with O’carroll’s recovery room in Mineola as the official after party for all Cosmos home matches. Ocarroll’s is just a short drive from Schuart Stadium and is located across the street from the Mineola LIRR railroad station making it ideal for all of those fans taking the LIRR back to Manhattan or Queens. There will be beer specials and other surprises at O’carroll’s – located at 214 Station Plaza N, Mineola, NY 11501.
STILL WANT MORE? Next home match is vs San Antonio Scorpions Saturday, April 26, 7:00 p.m! See you then!