Cosmos to MCU Park official; local luminaries laud the move

MCU Park

by DAVE MARTINEZ

As first reported by Empire of Soccer’s Jake Nutting, the New York Cosmos have officially announced their move to MCU Park for the 2017 NASL season.

“When I took control of the club on January 10th, our immediate priorities were to stabilize the NASL, re-hire the Cosmos front office personnel and coaching staff, rebuild our team roster and relocate to a fan friendly venue within the five boroughs,” said Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso. “In less than a month, we have achieved those objectives, including re-signing many of the starters from our 2016 Championship Team.

“During the Cosmos’ inaugural season in 1971, the team played at Yankee Stadium,” continued Commisso. “With our move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, we are not only able to offer fans easy access to a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, but we are also reconnecting the club to its original New York City roots.  Adding the excitement of Cosmos’ games to Coney Island’s already vibrant atmosphere will be a win-win for our club and soccer enthusiasts throughout the metropolitan area.”

The Cosmos have spent the last four seasons at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium where dwindling attendance numbers, a lack of public transportation options and an increasingly contentious relationship with the college administrators soured the arrangement. Of course, that move was structured in hopes of securing and rallying a strong fan base in Long Island for their now-dead bid for a stadium in the Elmont area.

Now unchained by the Empire State Development Corp., the Cosmos look to rebuild in Brooklyn. Not only will the team be mere steps from the iconic Coney Island amusement park, but they are also far closer to public transportation with the D, F, N and Q trains located within walking distance of the stadium.

The decision has received a ton of praise from local politicians and luminaries — including New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio.

Here are a collection of quotes related to the move:

New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio: “With the Cosmos coming to Brooklyn, we’re adding a world class franchise to New York City’s proud soccer tradition. We couldn’t be more proud to welcome the New York Cosmos to the five boroughs.”

New York Mets Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wilpon: “We are thrilled to showcase MCU Park as a multi-purpose venue and welcome the Cosmos, a storied franchise in American soccer history. All New York area soccer fans will enjoy watching the Cosmos make their mark in Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams: “Coney Island has been an iconic destination for generations of New York families. This historic Brooklyn neighborhood’s remarkable renaissance will hopefully accelerate even further with the move of the New York Cosmos to MCU Park.”

New York City Councilman, Vincent Gentile: “The New York Cosmos are back where they belong: New York City. Cementing themselves in Brooklyn at MCU Park in Coney Island with a passionate fan base dating back to the 1970’s, the Cosmos will attract soccer fans and casual fans of the beautiful game alike.”

New York City Councilman, Mark Treyger: “Coney Island and the Cosmos are a perfect fit. I welcome the Cosmos to MCU Park and back to New York City, and look forward to seeing a whole new generation enjoy one of our city’s legendary sports clubs.”