January 16, 2013
'I am pleased with any project that gives back to the community'
Cosmos legend Pelé chimed in about the North American Soccer League team's proposal to build a soccer-specific stadium and add an entertainment and community area at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The privately funded project will cost $400 million.
"I'm happy to see the New York Cosmos bringing resources together, to create a permanent place for our generations of fans to call home. And I am pleased with any project that gives back to the community," Pelé said in a statement released by the club.
Pele starred for the Cosmos in the original NASL from 1975-1977.
The Cosmos also unveiled reaction from the Long Island community as well:
* “This project, bringing a stadium, retail, restaurants and a park for the local community is just the shot in the arm our local economy needs,” Long Island Association president and CEO Kevin Law said. “Long Island has been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn. Elmont Town Crossings will enable us to take a step forward.”
* “We are 100 percent behind the Cosmos. No other organization has come to Elmont with a proposal like this," Elmont Memorial High School principal John Capozzi said. "Our community thrives on soccer. Bringing professional soccer and a field for our kids to play on to Elmont would mean the world to us.”
* “The NY Cosmos plan is a big win for Belmont and Elmont. Their proposal revitalizes our community, creates jobs and expands the tax base," Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development chair Sandra Smith said. "I can only think of one word to describe a plan that brings soccer, shopping, a community park and hotel to Elmont: GOAL!"