The New York Cosmos today officially opened their new training facility at Nassau County’s Mitchel Field during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with County Executive Ed Mangano. Mangano was joined by Cosmos legend and Long Island resident Shep Messing, as well as the team’s head coach Giovanni Savarese, defender Carlos Mendes and Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover.
“My administration is proud of this third public-private partnership for our park system that invests private sector dollars in public facilities for our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “From the construction of new state-of-art ice rinks in Eisenhower Park to this new practice facility for the Cosmos, Nassau is becoming a sports-entertainment destination that attracts tourism dollars to our region.”
On April 22, the Cosmos and Nassau County announced a revitalization project at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY. The club officially agreed to a 10-year lease with Nassau County to utilize the historic park as their official practice facility. Now that construction has finished on the field, the team will begin training once the ground settles.
“This is another exciting step in the reboot of the Cosmos,” Stover said. “As a professional team, it’s very important to have great partners. With Nassau County, we have that and more. This couldn’t have happened without their support. Now, we’re looking forward to the next big step – Cosmos Opening Day on Aug. 3 at Hofstra.”
The Cosmos have renovated the field, locker rooms and offices at Mitchel Field with an investment of approximately $400,000. The field will serve as the team’s primary practice pitch.
Earlier this week, the Cosmos made history when they named Emirates Airline as their official jersey-front sponsor, becoming the first North American soccer franchise to partner with the internationally renowned airline. The Cosmos will make their debut in the NASL’s fall season, which begins Aug. 3 and concludes Nov. 9, around the corner from Mitchel Field at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. The full schedule for the fall season can be found at www.nycosmos.com/schedule.
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