ELMONT - Professional soccer could be on its way to Belmont Park.
The New York Cosmos, a professional soccer team that last played in the 1980s, have proposed a $400 million, multi-use facility adjacent to the racetrack. Cosmos CEO Erik Stover says the plan includes a 25,000-seat stadium, nine restaurants, a hotel, public park and immense retail space. In all, club officials say the project would create about 3,000 permanent jobs.
Some nearby residents favor the idea, which they say will strengthen the region's economy. However, others worry that the stadium will create major traffic problems.
Local officials have also voiced their opinions on the project. Nassau Executive Ed Mangano says it would aid the county's entertainment and tourism plan, while state Sen. Jack Martins says the privately funded facility would be a gift to a blighted area along Hempstead Turnpike.
Along with the soccer stadium, at least two other development proposals have been submitted. A decision as to how the site will be developed is expected within the next three months.