New York City FC, Islanders tussle for rights to build home at Belmont Park
September 29, 2017 9:33 AM
by Robert Mann
Long Island, New York’s Newsday newspaper reports two of New York’s major league sports franchises are expected to tussle for rights to build a new home at Belmont Park racetrack.
New York City FC, the pro soccer team partly owned by the Yankees, is preparing the submit a bid to build a soccer stadium on the state-run property in Elmont, Long Island, near the Queens border, sources told The New York Post earlier this week.
The submission would set up a showdown with the National Hockey League’s Islanders, which is looking to opt out of a 25-year lease with Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and return to its original home base on Long Island.
The Belmont site being sought is two tracts of currently underused parking lots adjacent to the racetrack, totaling 36 acres
The state is seeking proposals for prospective bidders who can provide “entertainment, sports, hospitality and retail with uses that are complementary to the existing Belmont Park racetrack.