January 8, 2013
A ROYAL NAME
Vallone wants MLS expansion team to have Queens in its name
New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. of Queens, the man who last week suggested that Citi Field and not Flushing Meadows-Corona Park be the home to a Major League Soccer team, wants a "Queens" name for the potential new side.
"Whatever happens, if we bring a soccer team to Queens, whether it be at Citi Field or a new stadium, that soccer team must be called 'the Queens' whatever," Vallone told CapitalNewYork.com. "Like, there's the Brooklyn Nets. I want a 'Queens' team."
Vallone's district does not include the Flushing park, as he hails from Astoria. He is running for Queens borough president.
In an interview with CapitalNewYork.com, Vallone still was steadfast on the team using the Mets' baseball park as its home field.
"We’ve got a state-of-the-art new stadium, which was built with taxpayer assistance, sitting a stone’s throw from where they want to build another stadium in a park," Vallone was quoted by the website. "And before that happens, I think we absolutely have to discuss why we can't use that stadium."
MLS has targeted a 25,000-seat stadium, which is expected to cost in the vicinity of $300 million, for 2016.
To be continued, for sure.