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MCU Park
MCU Park
(formerly KeySpan
KeySpan
Park) is a minor league baseball stadium in the Coney Island
Coney Island
section of Brooklyn, New York City, USA. The home team is the New York Mets-affiliated Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Cyclones of the New York–Penn League. The NYU Violets
NYU Violets
Baseball team began playing at MCU Park in 2015, and the New York Cosmos Soccer Club of the NASL moved in for the 2017 NASL season. Official seating capacity is 7,000, though the Cyclones will sell up to 2,500 more standing room tickets. Prior to 2016, the capacity was 7,500 plus 2,500 standing room. Features include a concourse with free-standing concession buildings and overhanging fluorescent lamps in different colors, evoking an amusement park atmosphere. In addition, the park overlooks the Atlantic Ocean as well as the famous Parachute Jump
Parachute Jump
in right field, and the landmarks Wonder Wheel
Wonder Wheel
and Coney Island
Coney Island
Cyclone in left field. MCU Park
MCU Park
is accessible via New York City
New York City
Subway at the Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue subway station, served by the D​, F​, N​, and Q trains.

Contents

1 History 2 Concerts 3 Wrestling 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

The stadium as KeySpan
KeySpan
Park in 2001.

MCU Park
MCU Park
was built on the old site of Steeplechase Park, an old-time Coney Island
Coney Island
amusement park that closed in 1964 amid crime and general deterioration of Coney Island
Coney Island
and of the subway routes that run to the area. Part of a general reinvestment in the Coney Island
Coney Island
neighborhood, the park opened in 2001 with a capacity of 6,500. The opening of the park, and the Cyclones' permanent move there from their prior temporary home in Queens, marked the return of professional baseball to Brooklyn
Brooklyn
-- albeit on a minor-league level -- for the first time since MLB's Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Dodgers had played their last game at Ebbets Field in 1957 before moving to California the following season. Demand for Cyclones tickets was so great that the team added 1,000 seats in a right-field bleacher pavilion within three weeks after the park opened. MCU Park
MCU Park
prohibits fans from bringing outside food into the stadium, a policy in every minor league stadium, but not in effect at Citi Field
Citi Field
and Yankee Stadium. MCU Park
MCU Park
and the Staten Island Yankees' Richmond County Bank Ballpark were paid for with public money, part of a deal that involved both the Mets and Yankees. The Yankees had to approve the construction of MCU Park, and the Mets had to approve the Yankees' minor league park, since the Major League Baseball organizations share territorial rights to the New York City
New York City
market, and have veto power over each other (and any other MLB organization). The park's naming rights were sold to KeySpan
KeySpan
Energy, a utility company whose primary holding is the former Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Union Gas, until 2020. However, in 2007, KeySpan
KeySpan
was acquired by United Kingdom-based National Grid plc. On January 29, 2010, the Cyclones announced that they had ended the deal with National Grid, because the KeySpan
KeySpan
name no longer is in existence. On February 4, 2010, it was announced that the Municipal Credit Union signed an agreement for the ballpark to be called MCU Park
MCU Park
in an eleven-year naming rights deal.[6][7] In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn
Brooklyn
and caused extensive damage to the ballpark, including the front office, clubhouses & team store. The entire playing surface had to be replaced with synthetic FieldTurf before the 2013 season. The 2014 season saw MCU Park
MCU Park
host the New York - Penn League All Star Game. MCU Park
MCU Park
has also hosted other sporting events in recent years.

The park hosting the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in 2016, after it was resurfaced with artificial turf

The Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Bolts played their home games at MCU Park
MCU Park
during the 2014 and 2015 Fall Experimental Football League
Fall Experimental Football League
seasons before folding. The football field was positioned in the outfield. In early 2015, the New York University Violets moved in and made MCU Park their home stadium. In the process, they forced the St. Joseph's College Bears to move out. Baruch College plays a few games at MCU Park, as do many high school teams. Following the 2015 season, a set of bleachers were removed, removing 500 seats from the ballpark. The area which housed the bleachers was turned into a picnic area. MCU Park
MCU Park
hosted a qualifying round for the 2017 World Baseball Classic in September 2016.[8] Israel won the Qualifier over Great Britain, Brazil & Pakistan. In February 2017, the New York Cosmos officially announced they would host their home games at MCU Park
MCU Park
for the 2017 NASL season.[9] The New York Cosmos have previously used MCU Park
MCU Park
as a home field: once for a regular season match against the Ottawa Fury[10] and once for a post season match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers,[11] both in 2015. After the NASL cancelled the 2018 season, the future of the Cosmos playing at MCU Park
MCU Park
is up in the air. Concerts[edit]

In 2003, Björk
Björk
performed two shows at MCU park: August 22, 2003 and August 23, 2003. Portions of these concerts appear in the Icelandic music documentary Screaming Masterpiece. In the summer of 2004, the jam band Phish
Phish
began what was billed as its last tour with a two-night stand at MCU Park, with a guest appearance by rapper Jay-Z, a native of Brooklyn, on the second evening. The first concert was simulcast in movie theaters and in 2006, released (along with selected songs from the second night) as a concert album and DVD under the name Phish: Live in Brooklyn. In 2005, the stadium hosted the Across the Narrows Festival along with Richmond County Bank Ballpark. In the same year, The White Stripes
The White Stripes
performed one of their recent tours following the release of their album, Get Behind Me Satan. In the summer of 2005, Def Leppard
Def Leppard
and Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
performed at MCU Park on July 9 as a part of their efforts to bring major league Rock `N Roll to America's Minor League Baseball Parks during their 2005 Cross-Country "Rock 'N Roll Double-Header" Tour. On August 9, 2007, the French electronic music duo Daft Punk
Daft Punk
performed in MCU Park
MCU Park
during their Alive 2007 Tour. On July 16, 2008, 311 and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
played a show together. On July 13, 2009, Wilco
Wilco
performed with "very special guests" Yo La Tengo. On June 26 and 27, 2010, Furthur, featuring Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, performed at the park; they returned to perform again on July 13 and 14, 2012.

Wrestling[edit] On July 2, 2010, MCU Park
MCU Park
hosted a live Total Nonstop Action Wrestling house show which also broke the TNA attendance record and became the most attended live TNA house show in the United States to date with a crowd of just under 5,550 fans. On August 15, 2014, Ring of Honor Wrestling
Ring of Honor Wrestling
debuted at MCU Park
MCU Park
with Field of Honor. On August 22, 2015, Ring of Honor Wrestling
Ring of Honor Wrestling
returned to MCU Park
MCU Park
for the second time with the second edition of Field of Honor. References[edit] Notes

^ a b Rope, John (April 9, 2001). "Lexington, Others Continue Building Boom for Minors". SportsBusiness Daily. Retrieved September 14, 2011.  ^ Lueck, Thomas J. (August 23, 2000). "Opposition Precedes Arrival of Teams at New Coney Island
Coney Island
Stadium". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2010.  ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ a b " KeySpan
KeySpan
Park". Architectural Record. 2002. Retrieved June 3, 2014.  ^ Vecsey, George (June 26, 2001). "Summer Rite Returns To Borough of Churches". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2010.  ^ Brown, Stephen (January 29, 2010). "Lights Out at Keyspan Park as Naming Rights Deal Ends". The Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Paper. Retrieved January 31, 2010.  ^ Epstein, Victor; Yaniv, Oren (February 4, 2010). " Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Cyclones' KeySpan
KeySpan
Park Renamed MCU Park". Daily News. New York. Retrieved February 4, 2010.  ^ " 2017 World Baseball Classic
2017 World Baseball Classic
qualifiers are set". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 5, 2017.  ^ "New York Cosmos Moving to MCU Park
MCU Park
in Brooklyn". New York Cosmos. Retrieved 2017-02-23.  ^ "Match Center - NASL". www.nasl.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.  ^ "Cosmos to host NASL playoff match at MCU Park". Empire of Soccer. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to MCU Park.

KeySpan
KeySpan
Park on Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Cyclones Web site KeySpan
KeySpan
Park Views – Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues

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Coney Island
Coney Island
attractions and neighborhoods

Roller coasters

Cannon Coaster* Cyclone Drop the Dip* Flip Flap Railway* Loop the Loop* Soarin' Eagle Switchback Railway* Thunderbolt (1925–1982)* Thunderbolt (2014) Tornado*

Other rides

A Trip to the Moon* Dante's Inferno* Ghost Hole Parachute Jump* Spook-a-Rama The Whip Witching Waves* Wonder Wheel

Parks

Astroland* Deno's Wonder Wheel
Wonder Wheel
Amusement Park Dreamland* Luna Park (1903–1944)* Luna Park (2010) Sea Lion Park* Steeplechase Park*

Other visitor attractions

Coney Island
Coney Island
Velodrome* MCU Park Nathan's

hot dog contest

New York Aquarium Riegelmann Boardwalk Shoot the Freak*

Subsections

Brighton Beach Gravesend (nearby) Manhattan Beach Seagate Sheepshead Bay (nearby)

Subway stations

Brighton Beach Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue Neptune Avenue Ocean Parkway West Eighth Street–New York Aquarium

* Asterisks indicate former attractions. See also: Coney Island
Coney Island
in popular culture

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New York Cosmos

Brooklyn, New York

The Club

Original club (1970–85) Modern club (2010–present)

Historical team

Seasons Players (all-stars) List of all honors and achievements

Stadiums

Yankee Stadium Shuart Stadium Downing Stadium Giants Stadium Belson Stadium MCU Park New York Cosmos Stadium
New York Cosmos Stadium
(proposed)

Affiliated clubs

New York Cosmos B

NPSL

Culture

Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup Once in a Lifetime Cosmos Copa

Retired numbers

9 10

Key personnel

Chairman Rocco B. Commisso Head coach vacant

Division 1 major honors (12)

League championships (5)

1972 1977 1978 1980 1982

League regular seasons (7)

1972 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983

Division 2 major honors (3)

League championships (3)

2013 2015 2016

League regular seasons (3)

2013 2015 2016

Seasons (19)

NASL (1968–84)

1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984

NASL (2011–)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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North American Soccer League
North American Soccer League
stadiums

Current

Hodges Stadium Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium MCU Park Riccardo Silva Stadium

Future

Titan Stadium

Proposed

New York Cosmos Stadium

Previous

Al Lang Stadium Atlanta Silverbacks Park Carroll Stadium Central Broward Stadium Clarke Stadium Community First Park Foote Field George M. Steinbrenner Field Heroes Stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome James M. Shuart Stadium Keith Harris Stadium Kezar Stadium Lockhart Stadium Miller Stadium National Sports Center Saputo Stadium Shell Place
Shell Place
(two regular season games) TD Place Stadium Toyota Field WakeMed Soccer Park

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Current ballparks in the New York–Penn League

Pinckney Division

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field Dwyer Stadium Eastwood Field Falcon Park Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Monongalia County Ballpark

McNamara Division

Dutchess Stadium Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium MCU Park Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Stedler Division

Centennial Field Edward A. LeLacheur Park Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium

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Sports venues in the New York metropolitan area

Active

The Bronx

Draddy Gymnasium Gaelic Park Rose Hill Gymnasium Van Cortlandt Park Yankee Stadium

Brooklyn

Aviator Sports & Events Center Barclays Center MCU Park Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Schwartz Athletic Center Steinberg Wellness Center

Manhattan

Chelsea Piers Columbia Soccer Stadium Icahn Stadium John McEnroe Tennis Academy Levien Gymnasium Madison Square Garden Wien Stadium Rucker Park Sportime Stadium Fort Washington Avenue Armory

Queens

Aqueduct Racetrack Belson Stadium Carnesecca Arena Citi Field Metropolitan Oval USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Arthur Ashe Stadium Louis Armstrong Stadium

Louis Armstrong Gymnasium West Side Tennis Club

Staten Island

Richmond County Bank Ballpark Spiro Sports Center Staten Island Cricket Club

Long Island

Belmont Park Bethpage Ballpark Island Garden James M. Shuart Stadium Mitchel Athletic Complex Nassau County Aquatic Center Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Riverhead Raceway

New Jersey

Arm & Hammer Park Asbury Park Convention Hall Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium Richard J. Codey Arena CURE Insurance Arena FirstEnergy Park Freehold Raceway High Point Solutions Stadium Hinchliffe Stadium Jersey City Armory Louis Brown Athletic Center Mennen Arena Meadowlands Sports Complex

Meadowlands Racetrack MetLife Stadium

Monmouth Park Racetrack MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Princeton University Stadium Prudential Center Red Bull Arena Roberts Stadium Rothman Center TD Bank Ballpark Wall Township Speedway Yanitelli Center Yogi Berra Stadium Yurcak Field

Westchester

Fleming Field Yonkers Raceway Westchester County Center

Rockland

Palisades Credit Union Park Rockland Lake State Park

Defunct

69th Regiment Armory Bloomingdale Park Boyle's Thirty Acres Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
Race Course Bronx Coliseum Capitoline Grounds Commercial Field Coney Island
Coney Island
Velodrome Eastern Park Ebbets Field Elysian Fields Freeport Municipal Stadium Dexter Park Downing Stadium Giants Stadium Gravesend Race Track Harrison Park Hilltop Park Island Garden (Original) Meadowlands Arena Jamaica Racetrack Jerome Park Racetrack Lewisohn Stadium Long Island Arena Louis Armstrong Stadium (1978) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1879) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1890) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
(1925) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
Bowl Metropolitan Park Morris Park Racecourse Newark Schools Stadium Newark Velodrome Palmer Stadium Polo Grounds Ridgewood Park Roosevelt Raceway Roosevelt Stadium Ruppert Stadium Rutgers Stadium (1938) St. George Cricket Grounds Shea Stadium Sheepshead Bay Race Track Singer Bowl Suffolk Meadows Sunnyside Garden Arena Thompson Stadium Union Grounds Washington Park Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
(1923)

Proposed

Belmont Park
Belmont Park
Arena Kingsbridge National Ice Center New York City
New York City
FC Stadium

In progress

Port Imperial Street Circuit

Never built

Proposed domed Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Dodgers stadium West Side Stadium Bergen Ballpark The Lighthouse Project New York Cosmos Stadium

v t e

Fall Experimental Football League

Teams

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Bolts (MCU Park) Florida Blacktips Hudson Valley Fort
Hudson Valley Fort
(Dutchess Stadium) Boston Brawlers Omaha Mammoths Texas Outlaws (never played)

Seasons

2014 2015

See also

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