Since he took over as MLS commissioner in 1999, Don Garber has described himself as a "Queens guy," in reference to the New York City borough in which he was born. He's also been insisting the past few years the league needs a team in New York City and according to the Wall Street Journal, MLS has found a suitable stadium location near his old neighborhood.
League officials have zeroed in on a run-down section of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens as their preferred site for the league's first New York stadium, report Laura Kusistoand Eliot Brown. MLS officials have presented a detailed proposal to local politicians, outlining a plan for a 20,000- to 25,000-seat stadium on roughly eight acres near the northern end of the park.
The plan would create a home for a new team and MLS believes construction could be completed one to two years after the project receives the necessary approvals.
The stadium would be privately financed, but it would still have to overcome significant hurdles. Because it would be built on city-owned park land, the project would need approval from both the City Council and the state Legislature. To make up for the lost green space, MLS would have to create roughly eight acres of new park land elsewhere in the city.