So you're a fellow native New Yorker ......yay!!
Or you're traveling to The Big Apple.......welcome!
You've got kids and you're into fun, frugality and family friendly events?
Throw in world class athleticism and
have I got a phenomenal afternoon ( or evening!) for you.
Actually 14 of them remaining this season.......:
The New York Cosmos, NY's very own pro soccer league!
The Cosmos, currently 1st place in the North American Soccer League,
upon their victory last night over the Tampa Bay Rowdies,
offer a truly unbelievable family experience for fans of all ages.
I know that may sound cliche, but it's true.
Soccer junkies and even lukewarm fans of the sport will undoubtedly enjoy
a game, replete with many engaging activities for all ages
at Shuart Stadium, home of the Cosmos.
Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take the Family
to a NY Cosmos Game
( But beware: one game will turn into an addiction and your family might
just become a group of soccer fanatics devoting themselves to
all sorts of healthy, fun, daring "football" maneuvers in the yard!)
~ 1 ~
The entire Cosmos club cares about their fans.
And I'm talking about everyone.
Management, box office staff, ushers, parking lot attendants,
No where else in pro sports have I had the experience of
phone calls being returned,
deals being offered ( really awesome ticket deals too!)
and cell phone numbers of upper management given.
I know, right?
Not only that - but how about athletes who take the time to greet players
before and after their game?
The guys have got to be drained, mentally and physically and yet they stop to take
pictures, give autographs, smile with little ones.
David Diosa, #21, a defender, signing my son's ball!
Meeting Lucky Mkosana, his all time favorite player!
I can't tell you how this made him feel......
Andres Flores, #11, midfielder, takes the time to greet fans, too!
All of the athletes stopped to take care of their fans.....
these players are simply the shots I was able to grab.
The NY Cosmos soccer club epitomizes nice.
The positive energy and enthusiasm exuded by the entire club at
every game we've attended this season and last--- unparalleled.
~ 2 ~
Cultural awareness and education
The melting pot that is NY is evident everywhere in
The Big Apple and surrounding areas.
Celebrating a variety of ethnicities is huge within the Cosmos 'culture'
and last night was no exception.
We were treated to magnificent pre game and half time shows
honoring Croatian and Portuguese Heritage Days.
Here's a short video I took:
I filmed a longer segment,
which unfortunately, is tooooo long to load here......
The music, dancing and costumes were phenomenal and exciting for
all the guests and hopefully, you'll get a glimpse from this~
~ 3 ~
The Cosmos club is into involvement & FUN
In addition to being sure that every guest has a positive experience
at every match, the Cosmos offer the opportunity for
kids of all ages to participate in events and games during
half time ( and before the match) that are tons of fun!
Just last night, kids representing a local elementary school regaled the
audience with their lovely version of our national anthem:
They were wonderful!!
The Cosmos also host training camps for local youth soccer teams,
which are wildly popular...the kids refine skills with an amazing coaching staff
and meet players too....
talk about inspiring and motivating young soccer players!
~ 4 ~
World Class Athleticsm
The NY Cosmos has a long history.......
the club began in the early 70s, when the USA was a non soccer loving country,
folded in the early 80s and made a comeback in 2013.
Even non fans of the sport know one name, am I right?
And yes, believe it or not, Pele did play for the NY Cosmos ...
he was signed in 1975 after leading Brazil to 21 World Cup titles!
Here, by the way, are some shots of the game last night.....
NY vs Tampa Bay
Currently, the NY Cosmos soccer team is ranked first in the NASL....
As a NYer, I'm very proud and as a Mom of soccer loving kids,
I couldn't be happier that such a family oriented pro sports club is within
a 60 minute drive and offers such wonderful amenities!
~ 5 ~
We've all come to associate "exorbitance" with "professional sports."
Not so with the NY Cosmos.
Not only are fans offered a variety of affordable pricing and seating options,
but we can also choose multi game discounts, purchase season tickets
AND coordinate ticket prices with concession stand deals.
Additionally, at many games, the team offers giveaways of some sort!
Last night we were gifted with a Carlos Mendes bobblehead,
sure to become a highly treasured collectible
by young soccer fans for a LONG time!
Seriously, for sooooooo much less than you'd assume,
your family can purchase seats and a concession stand voucher,
OR a Buffalo Wild Wings ticket/meal package........
Thanks SO much for stopping by for a peek into the NY Cosmos world.
I'll be back next week with more on the Cosmos after we attend
the May 28 game opposing the Oklahoma City Rayo....
We're SO looking forward to the game!
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