MetroStars Stadium; Image: Rossetti Architects

The MetroStars of the MLS unveiled their plans for a new stadium today. The stadium will seat 25,000 fans at a cost of $100 and will sit on the Passaic River in Harrison, NJ. It is scheduled to be ready for the 2006 MLS season.

Like the plans for stadiums in Brooklyn and the West Side, the MetroStars stadium is part of a larger redevelopemnt plan. Unlike the two New York plans, the soccer-only staduim will develop land that is in dire need of investment. The soccer stadium is part of a plan that includes offices, retail space, apartments, and parking facilities for 4000 cars and is budgeted at $160 million.

The plan received the green light from the Harrison council last night, which led to today's announcement. MLSnet reports that the Harrison area has a large community of Portuguese and Hispanic residents that will be a boon to MetroStars attendance. The MetroStars, who announced their desire to leave the Meadowlands in 2000, are now one of several teams that are leaving or with plans to leave. Upon moving to the stadium, MetroStars president and general manager Nick Sakiewicz predicts a profit, "I can confidently say that in one year that we will be cash-flow positive in Harrison, based on existing attendance figures and new revenue streams." Um...yeah...revenue streams.