01/16/2013 3:25PM

Stadium, hotel proposed for Belmont lot


The New York Cosmos, a North American Soccer League team, has submitted a proposal to the Empire State Development Corporation seeking approval to build a 25,000-seat stadium and 175-room hotel on property at Belmont Park, the team said in a press release.

The stadium and hotel would be built in the parking lot across Hempstead Turnpike from the track’s grandstand. The lot is currently used for overflow parking.

The Empire State Development Corporation announced last year that it was seeking proposals for redevelopment of the lot and another parking area at Belmont Park. As part of the 2008 bankruptcy reorganization of Belmont’s operator, the state is the owner of the track and its property. The agreement stipulated that the state could seek bidders to redevelop the two parcels.

In its release, the Cosmos said that the project would cost $400 million. In addition to the stadium and the hotel, the development would include “nine new eateries,” a small park, and a soccer field. The release said that the stadium would not be used on “major racing days, such as the Belmont Stakes.”

Proposals for development of the parcels were being accepted until Jan. 11, according to a spokesperson for the Empire State Development Corporation. The spokesperson said that the corporation could not identify the number of proposals or the identity of any of the companies that submitted proposals “to preserve the state’s negotiating power and ensure a fair and competitive process.”

The corporation is currently in the process of reviewing proposals, the spokesperson said.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is quite a coincidance because I just heard Mr D is going to become an asst coach for a major soccer team............The bike guy is also signing on as nutrituion supplement specialist for the soccer team .....New York, New York.......You could actually fit the racing patrons and soccer patrons in the existing stands at Belmont with filling it and without opening all the closed food stands..........
Thomas Ponterella More than 1 year ago
Why not build more stalls thats whats needed the old ones then could be torn down one at a time to be rebuilt to newer stalls and kill some of the large rat's that thrive in the old stalls.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
Go Build you kick ball stadium somewhere else!!!
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Put in a synthetic track instead of the inner dirt and then you'll have the best course in the world. BC every year!!! Win a race during any meet on all three tracks and get a $50,000 bonus. Where do I sign up to run this track?????
Juan Garcia More than 1 year ago
Guess u never owned a race horse to see tye damage it does to an animal!
Peter Murphy More than 1 year ago
The New York Cosmos? The North American Soccer League? Are the going to bring back Pele?
Brian More than 1 year ago
A stadium, a park, "new new eateries," a small park, and a soccer field simply would not fit on that lot.