A push to bring USL League One to Long Island is emerging, as backers of the Ronkonkoma Vision Project will seek a team for the planned development.
Ronkonkoma Vision Project is a planned development in Ronkonkoma, NY, with its site located between MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma train station. JLL is serving as the master developer of the mixed-use project, which will feature a sports complex that includes a 6,000-seat outdoor stadium and 7,500-seat arena. The outdoor stadium would be designed to host multiple sports, including soccer and lacrosse, and project officials could use it lure a club in USL League One–the upstart Division III circuit that begins play later this month. USL League One might not be the only professional circuit to field a club at one of the development’s facilities, as the arena is being pitched as a possible home for an American Hockey League team.
Additional details about the project were announced on Tuesday, when JLL revealed that Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine would serve as a partner on the project. In his role, LaFontaine will be involved in building grassroots sports programs at the complex while helping to attract professional teams.
“We are excited to work with Pat, who brings extensive contacts and deep experience in hockey and youth sports to the development team,” Derek Trulson, vice chairman with JLL, said in a press statement. “Pat will help us bring our vision to life, positioning the project as a sports, entertainment, convention and office destination for Suffolk County and beyond.”
“This project will create a central gathering point for youth and families throughout the Island,” LaFontaine said in a press statement. “It will be a game changer for Long Island sports, serving community youth every day of the year.”
Rendering courtesy JLL.