January 30, 2017
MAKING HER (WILLETS) POINT
Borough president Katz proposes a soccer stadium in Queens
In her State of the Borough address at York College last Friday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz proposed the placement of a soccer stadium and a hockey arena at Willets Points.
|Industry Pool, was the site of the proposed MLS stadium at Flushing Meadow Corona Park that was rejected by the Queens community.
Photo by Michael Lewis
“New York City’s land is not limitless, and with the projected growth in our borough, this highly coveted area of Willets Point needs to be re-mediated and prepped for a cleaner future,” Katz said. "We should be unafraid to think bigger … bolder … and more comprehensively.”
Whether they can happen, it remains to be seen.
Major League Soccer tried to convince nearby residents to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park but was rejected soundly by the community
New York City FC, which plays at Yankee Stadium, is looking for a new home somewhere in the five boroughs. The Islanders, who left the Nassau Coliseum for Barclays Arena, is also looking for a new venue at which to play.
“We should be unafraid we should think bigger, bolder and more comprehensively,” Katz said in her address. “We need to review positioning ourselves for success by thinking creatively about further options that address our changing borough’s needs — a new school, an eco-recreation center, more parking to accommodate simultaneous big events that we have there now, because all those big events that we have now are wreaking havoc on the soccer fields and grass in Flushing Meadows for parking.
“And to help pay for it, let's consider a soccer stadium, let's consider a hockey stadium” she said. “Just imagine if we, the World’s Borough, hosted the World Cup or the Stanley Cup.”