Soccer Franchise to Invest $400,000 in Public Facility Improvements
County Executive Edward P. Mangano this week welcomed the New York Cosmos soccer franchise to Nassau’s Mitchel Field, the site the minor league team hopes will become its new practice facility.
The Cosmos, pending approval of the County Legislature, would invest $400,000 in rehabilitating a dilapidated, dry dirt field at Mitchel Field and transform it into the team’s new practice facility. The team would sign a 10-year lease, requiring them to make renovations to the facility and pay Nassau County rent on the land used at Mitchel Field. The Mitchel Field renovations are estimated to take two months to complete. The plan allows the public to use the renovated field when the Cosmos are not.
County Executive Mangano was joined at yesterday’s announcement about the newest Public –Private partnership, by the County Legislative Majority members; New York Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien, Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover and New York Cosmos defender Carlos Mendes.
“From the construction of new state-of-art ice rinks in Eisenhower Park to the Molloy College field improvements on the other side of Mitchel Field, to this new practice facility for the Cosmos, Nassau County will be a sports-entertainment destination that attracts visitors and tourism dollars to our county,” Mangano said.
“Once approved, this public-private partnership with the New York Cosmos will leverage private sector investment for a public facility that benefits our residents.”
The Cosmos team, which was revived last year and is considered one of the most iconic clubs ever in soccer, won a Request For Proposals (RFP) issued by the County last month to develop the field.
About the New York Cosmos:
The Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the earlier NASL, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer history to North America including Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, have played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.
On July 12, 2012, it was announced that the New York Cosmos will return to the NASL, beginning play at James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in the 2013 NASL Fall Championship. Season tickets will be available at the team’s website,www.nycosmos.com, beginning April 12.
The Cosmos also recently submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at www.newcosmosstadium.com.
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