Letter: Strong support for Flushing soccer

An aerial view of the site for a

An aerial view of the site for a proposed soccer stadium at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The park would be built over the Fountain of Planets area. At right is the Van Wyck Expressway. Photo Credit: Major League Soccer

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I would like to answer some of the questions raised by your editorial on the proposed stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park ["Soccer could score in Queens," Jan. 4].

As someone who has traveled to Harrison, N.J., for New York Red Bulls games, I believe that the majority of soccer fans prefer public transportation to driving. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is served by both the No. 7 subway and the Long Island Rail Road, so train service directly to the stadium would answer many of the transportation concerns.

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In regard to public support, there is a strong grassroots campaign among supporters of the minor-league New York Cosmos. Our youthful exuberance for soccer has coupled with the love of the game among the immigrant communities of northern Queens.

I believe this stadium will be built, and it will be an exciting venue for a vibrant group of young soccer fans in the city and on Long Island.

Christian Araos, Huntington Station

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