And, much like everything else lately, nothing is coming up Cosmos.
A report from Newsday indicates that the the Empire State Development Corp, which issued the request for proposals at Belmont, has decided to scrap all four existing proposals, including the club’s bid to build a home ground.
The Cosmos, who had placed the bid in 2012 and waited over four years for an answer, have finally received a cancellation letter.
“The Belmont Park RFP has been canceled in order to consider economic development and job creation opportunities beyond the scope of the original request,” said Jason Conwall, the ESD spokesman.
After a request for revision in 2015, the Cosmos submitted a revised bid for the stadium. Titled “Elmont Town Crossings” the 25,000 seat stadium would have been accompanied by a 175-room hotel, nine restaurants and over 300,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space. The development would have come at the cost of $400 million dollars of private funds.
The stadium was a major part of the Cosmos’ plans and the cancellation of the RFP is just another setback in an offseason that has seen the release of staff, players and coaches and questioned whether or not this team survives.