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New York Cosmos will use Hofstra as Home Venue

2012 September 25
by Brian Quarstad

Cosmos Senior Vice President Jeremy Wilkins (left) and Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway (right). Photo Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications

The New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday morning that they have reached an agreement with Hofstra University and will use James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, Long Island as their home venue in 2013 when they start play in the North American Soccer League.

Hofstra was once home of the original Cosmos in the first incarnation of the NASL who played there from 1972 through 1973.

“Hofstra is the perfect place for us to return to the pitch,” said Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien. “The stadium is part of Cosmos history and lore, and is located in the heartland of our great fan base on Long Island.”

Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway said, “We are delighted to welcome the New York Cosmos back to James M. Shuart Stadium and look forward to New York Cosmos supporters – old and new – once again enjoying first class professional soccer at our fabulous stadium.”

Hofstra Stadium is a 13,000 seat multi-purpose stadium. Its dimension are 128 x 76 yards but the Cosmos front office told IMS today that they are still unsure of the exact dimension the team will use next season.

Hofstra cut their football program in 2009 but the stadium still has football lines and end zones cut into the turf surface along with lacrosse and soccer lines. The Cosmos would not comment at this time on the gridiron lines and if they had plans to deal with those.

O’Brien told Michael Lewis of Newsday, “I come from a very conservative business side. I want to fill it, but we haven’t set our business plans on filling it because we’re realistic. We’ve got to earn the respect of the fan base. Having not played for 30 years, it would be arrogant beyond belief to just turn up and think that people are just going to fill the stadium.” O’Brien said he expects that core of that fan base to be from Long Island.

Tuesday’s press release states that the Cosmos anticipate releasing details of their 2013 match schedule and ticketing information at the end of October. The timing seems to match the NASL Board of Governors meeting which will be held the same weekend of the 2nd leg of the Soccer Bowl Championship on October 27th.

O’Brien also told Lewis that he hopes to have a coach and general manager named by that late October date.

“We’re in final stages of negotiations with parties,” said O’Brien.

9 Responses
  1. yawanascotch permalink
    September 26, 2012

    Whoopy!!! 🙂

  2. jspech permalink
    September 26, 2012

    Well that pretty much write off the 5 boroughs. U can inly get there by car or LIRR which is $8 1-way

  3. Marcus permalink
    September 26, 2012

    “Well that pretty much write off the 5 boroughs. U can inly get there by car or LIRR which is $8 1-way”

    Actually, what writes off most people from the 5 boroughs is not the $8 1-way, but the fact that after you take said LIRR, it’s still a 36 minute walk from the closest station…AFTER a 53 minute train ride (for me at least…from Brooklyn).

    That’s at least a 1-1/2 hour trip to see second division soccer…gotta hope that those Long Islanders support the team well enough to get a stadium built in the city!

  4. Bart permalink
    September 26, 2012

    Ghosts of Soccer Past. Charles Dickens could not have written a script any better than this.

    Now, all they need are the following players drafted to be truly melancholic:

    Giorgio Chinaglia
    Franz Beckenbauer

    This is the Cosmos, all they need are three field players and one amateur goalie…..

  5. John permalink
    September 26, 2012

    you know you can take a subway

    first you get on the f and go all the way to 179 then take the n6 all the way to hempstead terminal than transfer to the hofstra bus

    but either then that let the games begin
    Cosmos is here I wish the Sockers can have an NASL team but either that I heard that Hofstra stadium still got its football touchdown lines-if so are you serious after three years of no football program

    Do you guys think New York Cosmos will get high attendance like san antonio level

  6. ERic permalink
    September 26, 2012

    Highest season average I have for the Long Island Roughriders is just under 2k. But I don’t have the details on whether that was at Hofstra or not. I know they played there for many of their games when they were at their peak, which was before my data starts. I just mention it as something that can be used as a guide for guessing how the Cosmos 2.0 will do.

    Miami’s name switch to Fort Lauderdale Strikers worked out fairly well for one year. I would guess that you should be able to use that as a starting point.

    I would not expect them to do as well as San Antonio… but I didn’t expect San Antonio to do as well as San Antonio did. So my opinion probably isn’t worth much.

    Nevertheless, I’ll hazard a quarter-educated guess that the Cosmos will near 10k for their first game (but not top it), and finish the season behind San Antonio with an average around 6k.

  7. John permalink
    September 26, 2012

    During the 2010 and 2011 era NY Cosmos were able to make noise and get shown on tv

    if ny cosmos make noise again this year and I guarantee that MSG will show somes games do you think that will lead to NASL trying to get tv contract-if so which station do you think is better and will it increase attendance

    I prefer NBC – I say ESPN is good because of those MLS game of the week commercial but fox and espn are more focus on European

    I say NASL should work a deal with NBC – Just like MLS tagline is ” ALL Rise”
    I say NASL should tagline should be ” All Hail”

  8. jspech permalink
    September 26, 2012

    get real! Most of RedBulls games are on MSG2. I think they would have to sell out games which would give a buzz then who knows maybe taped delayed showing . Beyond that don’t see it. Best hope for the Cosmos are Flushing Medows Stadium & buying the MLS francise. Option if another groups get MLS2, share stadium in Queens. Could they not have gotten Cyclones(Met minor league tem MCU Park On Coney Island. Damm even the Staten Island Yankees’ stadium would have been waaay more better.

    My guess is these guys already have the MLS francise in the bag. Don’t think they are planning D2 past 1 season. Possibly 2

  9. Fotbalist permalink
    September 26, 2012

    That’s way toooo optimistic. But I do think they have a good chance to be successful.

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