With the Cosmos’ announcement of Belson Stadium as their venue choice for a potential NASL Final, it was inevitable that fans of the Cosmos and other clubs around the league would have strong objections.
Should the Cosmos advance to the NASL Final by beating Rayo OKC (at Shuart Stadium), they will automatically host the match
Belson Stadium seats approximately 2,600 and sits atop a parking garage at St. John’s University. There’s not much in the way of amenities with the limited space it occupies, there isn’t room for much else besides grabbing a snack at the food kiosk and getting to your seat to watch a game.
The facility does not do justice to an American second-division championship and its seating capacity does not meet the standards of said division.
And the fans have spoken out. Taking to social media, NASL fans have shared their displeasure, with #BiggerThanBelson getting some traction on Twitter.
Cosmos Trophy Case #BiggerThanBelson
— Pele's Head (@Pele_Head) November 2, 2016
White Castle sliders. #BiggerThanBelson
— Permanent Relegation (@prpodcastshow) November 2, 2016
— Nipun (@NipunChopra7) November 2, 2016
With only the aforementioned 2600 seats available, seating will be in short supply, both for Cosmos and visiting team fans.
But, for the moment, it’s patience that is running out in regards to the situation as fans continue to vent.