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New York City FC Owners Still Hopeful On Queens Stadium, But Exploring Other Sites Too
Published May 22, 2013
OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL: In N.Y., Calder & Lewis note Soriano, Levine and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all reiterated that their first choice is "moving forward with a proposed" $300M, 25,000-seat stadium plan for Flushing-Meadows Park. But they added that they "have no problem seeking alternative locations in the city." Calder & Lewis: "In truth, they may have to." The Mets were "long seen as viable owners for this club, until the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme." The Mets "would need to let NYC FC use Citi Field’s parking lots" for the stadium to be built at Flushing Meadows. The Mets "had no comment yesterday" (N.Y. POST, 5/22). In N.Y., Bagli & Belson write Man City execs indicated that the team's owners also are "hoping that a partnership with the Yankees will shield them from criticism that a stadium project in the park represents a sweetheart deal for Arab royalty." By joining with Man City, the Yankees also "hope to turn Yankee Stadium into a marquee destination for high-profile soccer matches." Levine said that YES Network "could broadcast New York City FC's games." Mansour's investment group would spend about $90M to "replace lost parkland and soccer fields, and on other measures" in addition to "paying for the proposed stadium in Queens" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/22). The GUARDIAN's Graham Parker noted the notion of a proposed Queens stadium having to replace parkland if it is built there is a "topic that's prompted local protests, but so far has not ignited debate within the mayoral race, with candidates mostly waiting to see what definite developments would take place." Yesterday's news may "force the hands of some of those candidates to come out definitively for or against the proposed Flushing Meadows stadium" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 5/21).