Queens residents who love Flushing Meadows Park can breathe a sigh of relief. It looks like the soccer stadium proposed there will be built in the Bronx instead.
The $400 million arena, to be used by a Major League Soccer franchise, is expected to be built south of Yankee Stadium, according to published reports. It will be located at the site of a bankrupt parking garage and adjacent property.
Neither the Mayor’s Office or MLS would discuss the deal, but sources from the city’s Economic Development Corp. confirmed the plan.
The stadium will seat 28,000 with League play expected to start in 2015 at Yankee Stadium and continue there until the new facility is finished in 2018 or 2019.
A loud hue and cry was heard after MLS announced in 2012 its plans for a stadium to be built over a fountain from the two World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows.
Although soccer fans were enthusiastic, the main concerns were loss of parkland to a stadium that would only be used part of the year, the environment and lack of adjacent parking.