Hope all of the citizens of our beautiful Cosmos Country are enjoying all of the exciting World Cup action. I have been taking a short Cosmos break as the team has been on vacation and the World Cup has completely swept my attention and soccer focus. However, we still need to keep our boys in Green and White on our minds! Thanks to another Cosmos fan for continuing to give me material. John Frusciante came to me with a piece today regarding stadiums in the NASL – enjoy today’s piece!
By John Frusciante:
The New York Cosmos submitted an economic development proposal on January 11, 2013. As of today, they still have not heard anything back from Empire State Development Committee. Cosmos fans are surely keeping count as the number of days is quickly approaching a year and half of waiting to hear on a decision.
Meanwhile, throughout the North American Soccer Leaguge (NASL) the month long break between the spring and fall seasons has found some clubs making improvements and/or upgrades to their facilities. FC Edmonton is improving their turf pitch in Clarke stadium by putting in new turf. The club has heeded the calls of opponents who have said that it is dangerous and could cause injury to players around the NASL. Further, the Tampa Bay Rowdies sent the month long break putting down new grass and leveling the pitch at their home, Al Lang Stadium. The Carolina Railhawks are also improving the pitch at Wake Med Soccer Park to the point where they had to relocate their recent US Open Cup match against the LA Galaxy to secondary field which held much fewer fans in the stands. Last but not least the Ottawa Fury are putting the finishing touches on their newly build stadium, TD Place.
Its great to see that the other clubs in the NASL are taking the initiative to improve their home stadiums and upgrade the look and feel of the NASL. However here in New York, Cosmos fans have been waiting long enough for a decision on the proposal. In the interim, home matches continue to be in Hofstra’s Schuart Stadium. While it has served as a decent home for the team it clearly is not the best home for a professional soccer team and that could be the reason behind some low attendance figures. This in turn has led some politicians and critics to say that “the Cosmos can’t sell out Shuart Stadium , why should they build a 25,000 seat stadium “. The answer to those critics: When you build it they will come.
Cosmos fans deserve their own stadium that they could call their own, without bleachers and without lacrosse field marks. Schuart stadium is a decent temporary stadium but you can’t help to think that perhaps the wait is starting to get a bit too long. At the end, fans have no choice but to wait and see the outcome of the decision that the Empire State Development Committe makes. Hopefully it will result in another NASL club upgrading their home.