Image source: Curbed – supposedly not the MLS stadium to come

A number of news outlets – from Curbed to Yahoo! – have reported on the recent release of assumed renderings by SHoP of the new Major League Soccer (MLS) Stadium for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. There are voices that contradict each other out there right now about the legitimacy of the images – here are the two main relevant quotes we’ve come across:

SHoP principal Gregg Pasquarelli, during a recent presentation earlier at Columbia University, showing images a project that shows details from Flushing Meadows Corona Park (see Curbed‘s image): “The project I’m not supposed to show (you) so I am not going to tell you where it is or what it is but it’s a new stadium that should be announced in the next couple of months.” – via Curbed and Empire of Soccer


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Image source: Major League Soccer

So Major League Soccer wants to move into New York City. They’ve had their eye on NYC proper (the NY Red Bulls play in New Jersey) since 2011, when they put a team together to look into over 20 potential locations for a stadium within the city limits. Flushing Meadows Corona Park eventually became their location of choice, appealing because the location is near public transportation (subway, LIRR) and because Queens is “home of soccer in New York City right now,” according to MLS President Mark Abbott. This stadium would be the home to the 20th team in the League and would start playing 2016.