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The New York Cosmos will play their home games at MCU Park starting this spring | © Michael LoRé/Culture Trip
The New York Cosmos will play their home games at MCU Park starting this spring | © Michael LoRé/Culture Trip
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New York Cosmos' Stadium Move is Nothing New

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Sports Editor
Updated: 22 February 2017
The New York Cosmos announced a move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the 2017 North American Soccer League season. The team had been playing its home games at James M. Stuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time the Cosmos will be playing in a baseball stadium. During their inaugural 1971 season, the Cosmos played at Yankee Stadium.

“With our move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, we are not only able to offer fans easy access to a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, but we are also reconnecting the club to its original New York City roots,” Cosmos chairman Rocco B. Commission said in a statement.

The Cosmos aren’t the only team to play home games in another team’s stadium recently. New York City FC of Major League Soccer has played its home games at Yankee Stadium since its inaugural season in 2015. The Oakland Raiders (National Football League) and Oakland Athletics (Major League Baseball) share Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in California.

New York City FC play their home games at Yankee Stadium
New York City FC play their home games at Yankee Stadium | © Michael LoRé/Culture Trip

The New York Giants (NFL) and New York Jets (NFL) both play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The recently relocated Los Angeles Chargers (NFL) will play their home games at StubHub Center, home to the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS). The Minnesota Vikings (NFL) and Minnesota Twins (MLB) overlapped in the MetroDome in Minneapolis from 1982-2009. From 1993-2011, the Miami Dolphins (NFL) and Florida/Miami Marlins (MLB) shared Sun Life Stadium.

Obviously two sports teams sharing facilities is nothing new, and the list is even longer if you go back in American pro sports history.