Watch: Commercial opposing New York Cosmos Stadium project

COSMOS BELMONT STADIUM

As rumors of the imminent decision of the Empire State Development Corporation’s Belmont revitalization bid continues to surface, opposition of the New York Cosmos proposal has become more visible.

The Elmont Community Coalition Council has been leading that charge, taking out ads on New York’s leading news radio station 1010WINS and now funding commercials on local Long Island television stations.

Opposition to the initiative is small, but vocal. Local Legislator Carrié Solages has thrown his weight in with the opposition while the Cosmos have secured larger support from Senator Jack Martins and County Executive Ed Mangano.

Three bids are up for consideration, with the Cosmos proposal earning the most plaudits for it’s scope and depth. Along with the stadium, the Cosmos are are also offering to build a hotel, restaurant row, establish local parkland and create other neighborhood amenities. According to their calculations, that would create 3,000 full-time, permanent jobs in the area.

While the bid is enticing, the ECCC is exploiting the Cosmos attendance (averaging 8,126 fans through three games) to oppose the creation of a 25,000 seat stadium.

Curiously, no other bid has received the same kind of public scrutiny as the Cosmos have.

Here is the commercial in full:

  • Dave from Dix Hills

    As a red bull fan I find this video both hilarious in its 1980s production and also misleading. Do I want the Cosmos? No. But it says in their proposal something like 4 acres of parkland will be created. The video is also hilarious, people clearly leaving stadium for halftime or the end of the game and they are taking the opportunity to say this is the norm. 8k for an NASL team is damn respectable. Now, F Cosmos.

  • Cesar T

    The people opposing this have no clue. Whether the stadium draws 25k or 8k, its still going to provide jobs that the people in the area want and need. NOTHING that they put in that are would come close to doing that. To be honest, it may do just the opposite draw negatvity. This stadium and the complex itself would provide shopping, fields for the kids and just a better look and feel!
    Plus these folks don’t know the business of soccer. The crowds come when the team takes off fully…obviously we;’re not there yet…but the best is yet to come for the Cosmos!

    • Not to mention a bigger stadium means bigger players will come, which in turn will attract more people to the stadium, they go hand in hand.

  • Marios Christos Sfantos

    Ridiculous to oppose this stadium bid. Misleading commercial. I’m a New York Red Bulls fanatic but I support the efforts of our soccer fans in green to get their stadium. As mentioned elsewhere, the current attendance figures are excellent considering that the team plays in the second division, has excellent players but overall is not at a MLS level, plays at a rented stadium with turf not grass, and many matches conflict with NY Red Bulls games being played on the same day. Build a world class stadium and fans will come, jobs will be created and the area will gain something really unique and special. I was born and lived in NJ for over half of my life but before the beautiful Red Bull Arena was opened I had never been to Harrison, NJ and hardly stepped into Newark; now I am at Harrison and Newark restaurants and shops weekly and sometimes more often. Too bad the building of a MLS stadium in Queens seems unlikely now, but if NYCFC open their stadium in the Bronx I will visit that area also, whereas now I never have a reason to visit and spend money there. I am a New Yorker that is eternally grateful that the New York Red Bulls gave me a great team and a fantastic stadium to call my own. Finally someone showed us the respect we millions of long-suffering NY/NJ soccer fans deserve. I so look forward to traveling to the stadiums of NYCFC and the Cosmos with my friends and family and watching the New York Red Bulls (NY’s team) smash them on the field. More kids and adults play soccer than any other sport. Soccer is the World’s game and America’s game. Fans in NYC and the surrounding area are hungry for more and more soccer. Give the fans what they want.

  • Ouch!

  • Red

    Unless the Cosmos enter MLS, which is unlikely, the stadium should not be built. I’d like to see them renovate Hofstra and play there full time in the NASL.