The New York Cosmos, the legendary soccer club relaunching in the North American Soccer League (NASL) this summer, will offer fans free shuttles to home games at Hofstra University’s Stuart Stadium in Uniondale, where the Cosmos will play until their new stadium is built, the club announced on July 16.
The Cosmos gameday shuttles will run between the Long Island Railroad station in Mineola and Hofstra stadium.
The Cosmos kick off the NASL fall season on Aug. 3, versus historic rivals, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The great Pele and Carlos Alberto also will be honored on the field that day.
The New York Cosmos have done everything right in relaunching the storied club so far and the shuttle is another initiative to become part of the community in a meaningful way. That community understanding and investment is particularly important in this cynical era, when big business, banking and technology have formed a Bermuda Triangle for the working poor in United States, who are fast becoming a disgruntled majority and increasingly skeptical of corporate marketing schemes and their empty gestures.
Cosmos stadium proposal invests in community
The Cosmos’ proposed $400 million, 25,000 seat, world-class stadium on Long Island also displays the club’s commitment to the community. The stadium plans feature an economic development proposal with nine new restaurants, 250,000 square feet of retail space, a 175-room hotel, a Cosmos museum and a new 4.3 acre public park with a soccer field open to local soccer teams. Plus, the Cosmos will also provide $2.5 million for development of community soccer fields. The project would create more than 500 construction jobs and over 3,000 full-time permanent jobs and have an immediate, continuous and far-reaching impact on the community,
If approved, the stadium will break ground in 2014 and be ready for action in 2016, including for the U.S. National Teams, Open Cup, NCAA and international friendlies, as well as NASL games featuring the New York Cosmos. Click here for renderings of the proposed Cosmos stadium and development.
Cosmos Copa attracts community internationals
In 2009, the Cosmos launched the Cosmos Copa, a World Cup-style soccer tournament played in New York City between local, community-based “national teams.” The Cosmos Copa, which just completed the group stage and will begin quarterfinals on July 20, features 30 teams in 2013 – from Argentina to Japan to Italy.
Sponsors attracted to New York Cosmos
The relaunching of the Cosmos, now owned by Saudi Arabia-based Sela Sport, has attracted the interest of major corporate sponsors.
This spring, Nike, which also sponsors the U.S. National Teams, signed on as the New York Cosmos kit sponsor and Emirates Airlines committed as their jersey sponsor and sponsor of Cosmos Copa. Emirates supports some of the world’s top soccer teams, including AC Milan, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger and Real Madrid.
July 17, the Cosmos added Italian striker Alessandro Noselli, formerly of Udinese and Sassuolo, to the respectable roster under head coach Giovanni Savarese. A few days before Noselli’s signing, the Cosmos added former U.S. National Team midfielder Danny Szetela. The game quality has yet to be seen, but the club’s considerable footwork and investment indicates that the New York Cosmos are planning to make a big impact and continue to grow.
This year, NASL, the U.S. second division, launched a two-season spring and fall schedule. The Atlanta Silverbacks won the NASL spring title on July 4, and thus the 2013 Championship hosting rights, but the shiny new Cosmos are a sure bet to compete for the Championship.
The original New York Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing to the U.S. some of the biggest names in world soccer – Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto.
Tickets begin for 2013 New York Cosmos games start at $15 and are available online or at 855-71-COSMOS.
Car parking only $5
All passenger car parking for 2013 Cosmos games is an affordable $5 and must be paid in cash. Bus parking costs $25, also to be paid in cash.
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