Report: Mets looked to put casino next to Citi Field
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.