New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Mets reportedly pushed hard for an establishment of a casino adjacent to the ballclub’s home field, the Citi Field, a source close to situation disclosed Tuesday.
Several sources indicated Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon and his family started their move to put up a gambling spot in the area in 2011 with their real estate outfit Sterling Equities offering the City of New York $100 million for the 62 acres land.
Sterling has also made a deal with Shinnecock Indian nation to operate their future gambling business, but a live-dealer casino was not allowed in New York.
Sterling Equities instead used 23 of the 62 requested acres in June to construct an entertainment complex worth roughly $3 billion.
“An initial concept submitted two years ago floated the possibility of Indian gaming and was dismissed by the city,” read a statement from the Queens Development Group — the joint venture between Sterling Equities and related companies.”
The Queens Development Group downplayed reports of Wilpon’s plan to put up a gambling site, insisting that the latest venture will be used to turn an idle land to a business site along with the creation of job opportunities in the area.
“The $3 billion investment we are making in Willets Point will clean up land that has experienced a century of environmental contamination and will result in a mixed-use community that will create thousands of jobs, affordable housing and significant economic activity for the area.”
Meanwhile, Mets management maintained their silence about the reports.