Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Report: USTA opposes Flushing stadium
By Adam Rubin
Local residents who oppose a soccer stadium at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, adjacent to Citi Field, reportedly have an ally. The United States Tennis Association also opposes the proposed facility because it could detract from the experience at its own facility, according to Michael Powell in the Times. Major League Soccer hopes to place an expansion team in a new Queens stadium.
Unlike Citi Field and the National Tennis Center, a soccer stadium in the middle of the park would sit a substantial distance from subways and trains. And it most likely would require more roads and parking, crossing close to the tennis center. And soccer officials have spoken of using the stadium for concerts, all of which would make it a cacophonous neighbor for the tennis complex. “It raises a lot of concerns for us,” said Gordon Smith, executive director of the association. “We ought to be considered in a very different light, because we raise almost none of those complications.”
For now, however, local residents offer the loudest opposition. With the help of organizations like Make the Road by Walking, Good Jobs New York and NYC Park Advocates, they have packed usually obscure and sparsely attended “scoping hearings” with hundreds of people to register their disapproval.