- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 27, 2010
- 4 Comments
- MLS Expansion, New York Expansion
Just as I write about the Borough Boys earlier today news comes out of New York that baseballs’ Mets are still interested in owning a MLS club. The New York Daily News added that while the owners of the Mets are still very interested in a club, getting a stadium to play in won’t be easy.
[David] Howard said the biggest hurdle is the stadium, which would have to be a multipurpose facility.
“It would be very difficult to justify the building costs for 20 or so dates that you get for soccer for regular season and exhibitions,” he said.
In a perfect world, the stadium would be near Citi Field in Queens, but Howard said the team “would be open to other possibilities as well.”
“It would make a lot of sense to be somewhere in this area, but again it’s something that we don’t have any rights to,” he said.Howard added: “This is something that is on the horizon for us, something that we are giving consideration to. But I can’t say it’s hot at the moment. Depending how certain circumstances present themselves, we can certainly move relatively quickly.”
I mentioned earlier that the Borough Boys would be a big driving factor in getting a second club in New York City. I wonder exactly what they think of this news, no doubt it lifts their hopes a bit.
The Mets owners still remain the best option for a ownership group in NYC, but the stadium issue may be tougher to overcome here.