A Place to Call Home?
One of the interminably unanswered questions of 2020 has been this: where will our boys play? It's a basic decision that informs all others. All things point to another year at Mitchell Field. This is easier for the organization as it holds a ten-year agreement for the use of the main field, its surrounding training facilities and offices. While easily reachable by car-centric Long Island supporters, its inaccessibility to any part of New York City forever cuts it off from drawing from the largest reservoir of soccer fans in the country.
Recently announced was the Ivy League universities' decision (inclusive of Columbia University) to cancel organized sporting activities for the 2020-2021 school year potentially opens up the possibility of Commisso Stadium for the Cosmos.
Named after New York Cosmos owner, Rocco Commisso, Commisso Stadium in Inwood is not perfect, especially for our Long Island brethren, but it has a lot going for it. Its immediate access to multiple major subway lines, Manhattan locale, and nearby businesses makes for an intimate 3500-seat venue well embedded in its surrounding neighborhood. Those fortunate enough to be there for our May 2019 friendly with FC Saint Pauli felt the electricity possible at Commisso Stadium that day.
It represents a real opportunity to not let 2020 pass us by without a chance to rebuild the fanbase and grow attendance. Commisso Stadium need not be a forever home, but it would do us well for the next couple of years in NISA. With USL's Queensboro FC's recent announcement that they do not plan to play till 2021 at the earliest, it's a moment of reprieve. Commisso Stadium could be the place where we can make the most of that reprieve. Its proximity to nascent New Amsterdam FC's rumored Fordham University locale would also be a lot of fun.
FTP and Cosmos Country looks forward to the organization's venue decision for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. The continued uncertainty is a poison to the fanbase. An answer is long overdue.
photo credits: New York Cosmos