So close, yet so far?
The New York Cosmos have officially announced the home grounds for their inaugural 2013 NASL season, and it isn’t in New York City proper. Taking a page from their past, the team will settle into Hofstra University as they did 40 years ago.
“Hofstra is the perfect place for us to return to the pitch,” said Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien in the team’s press release. “The stadium is part of Cosmos history and lore, and is located in the heartland of our great fan base on Long Island.”
“We are delighted to welcome the New York Cosmos back to James M. Shuart Stadium and look forward to New York Cosmos supporters – old and new – once again enjoying first class professional soccer at our fabulous stadium,” Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway echoed.
Venue size and location were said to be deciding factors. As was the case with FC New York a few years ago, finding premium and available space that would suit the clubs attendance goals played a large role in finding themselves at the 15,000 seat James M. Shuart Stadium. The size dwarfs options within the city like Belson Stadium which seats all of 5,000 people.
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