Melinda Katz has again caught the attention of New York City FC fans.
Facing a primary challenge for her job as Queens Borough President, Katz recently spoke with the Queens Chronicle in an interview that covered a range of topics specific to the borough.
But the topic of a soccer stadium in the interview is one that caught the ears of NYCFC fans inside and outside of Queens.
When asked to look ahead to the next four years, should she be re-elected to a second term, Katz called the idea of either a soccer stadium or hockey arena being built in Willets Point in the near future “very realistic.” This location would be near CitiField, an area that has access to major roadways along with mass transit.
While New York City FC continues working to find a spot suitable for a soccer specific stadium, the New York Islanders are also looking for a new home as the National Hockey League team is unhappy with its current home, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
However, Katz appears to have her favorite.
“I would like to see soccer, at least, at Willets Point, along with affordable housing,” she said in the interview. “Right now, only about 35 acres has the city taken over. So you wouldn’t probably be able to do the Islanders plus a soccer stadium there. If there is only one, I want soccer and affordable housing.”
This is not the first time Katz has floated the idea of a soccer stadium in Queens. During her state of the borough address in January, she advocated for a soccer stadium in the Willets Point area.