Cosmos club during the 1972 and 1973 seasons. The Cosmos struggled to draw fans to Hofstra, raising concerns about the club’s sustainability. The Cosmos proposed to construct a new 25,000-seat stadium at a parking lot next to the Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, in Nassau County just over the border with Queens. In July 2012, when the Cosmos’ entry to the second-tier North American Soccer League was confirmed, starting in 2013, The New York Times reported that the club would initially play home games at James M. Shuart Stadium, on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, about 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown New York City on Long Island.