On December 4, 1961 the City and the Fair "cordially
invited the Olympic Games Tryouts of 1964 to join with us in
our own Olympics of Progress at the New York World's Fair in
1964 to emphasize and reinforce our parallel purposes of Peace
The City of New York's many practical advantages will be greatly
enhanced by the completion in 1963 of the new Municipal Stadium.
The United States Olympic Committee has the City's invitation
under study. A favorable answer is hoped for.
The Department of Parks is now supervising construction of
the Stadium which will seat 55,000 for baseball and 60,000 for
football. It can be enlarged by 25,000 more seats in the future
without disturbing the initial construction; and a roof can be
added. Ground was broken for the Stadium on October 28, 1961
with appropriate ceremonies.
The Stadium embraces a new concept of design with seats that
rotate to face any part of the field. There will be no columns
in the spectator's view. Every consideration has been given to
the safety, convenience, comfort and pleasure of visitors. Many
entrances and exits with ramps, escalators and elevators will
permit easy access to seats regardless of the size of crowds.
The Stadium is in the center of a parking field for over 5,000
cars. Immediately adjacent is the Willets Point Boulevard station
of the Flushing IRT subway line. A short distance further is
the Long Island Rail Road. The new $110,000,000 parkway and expressway
program under construction will provide easy access by automobile.
The new National League New York baseball team the "Mets"
and the American Football League team the "Titans of New
York" will call the Stadium their home. Many other large
scale activities can be scheduled for open time.
The New York World's Fair is preparing programs for the Stadium
during 1964-1965. There will be many events at the Stadium supplementing
the educational exhibits and excitement of the Fair.
SOURCE: NY World's Fair
Corporation Progress Report #4, January 17, 1962