Report: Mets looked to put casino next to Citi Field

Tuesday February 5th, 2013

The Mets reportedly wanted to put a casino next to Citi Field. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) The Mets reportedly wanted to put a casino next to Citi Field. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The owners of the New York Mets wanted to put a casino next to Citi Field, where their team plays its home games, reports the New York Post. 

The Mets owner, Fred Wilpon and his family own a real estate company called Sterling Equities and reportedly pitched a casino adjacent to the stadium in September 2011. The report says they offered the City of New York $100 million to purchase 62 acres for the site.

While team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are still having trouble opening their tight pockets for high-priced free agents, that didn’t stop their development arm, Sterling Equities, from betting on a proposal that called for bringing a massive casino with gaming tables and slots, a 500-room, full-service hotel, 1.8 million square feet of retail and other amenities to the Willets Point development site in Queens.
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