MLS Stadium In Queens Rejected; Site Near Yankee Stadium Under Consideration
N.Y. City Council member Leroy Comrie said that MLS, which "was in talks with the city to build" a $340M stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, "won’t be coming to Queens," according to Clare Trapasso of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Comrie, who serves as the council's Land Use Committee Chair, said, "The location doesn’t work. There was no real benefit for Queens residents to site it in that location." MLS officials had "planned to build the 25,000-seat stadium on up to 13 acres in the park." The announcement that the Yankees "will own 20% of the team," along with EPL club Manchester City, has "fueled speculation that the soccer stadium could be built near" yankee Stadium. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said that a site near Yankee Stadium "makes sense and will meet with soccer officials later this month" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/10).
EYEING THE FISH: In Miami, Barry Jackson reported Marlins officials were "told that like FIU and Sun Life Stadium, Marlins Park also will be considered by David Beckham if he picks Miami for an MLS expansion team." Beckham "has visited FIU and Sun Life but not Marlins Park and his people have not given the local contenders an update on this thinking" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 7/7).