owner Steve Cohen could reportedly hit the jackpot after FC announced a $780million stadium deal at Willets Point.
, alongside a hotel and 2,500 housing units — which will be adjacent to the Mets’ Citi Field stadium — could provide Cohen with a launching pad to securing a casino license set to be offered by Albany politicians.
Cohen has long wanted to establish a casino in the Queens area and has explored options of placing such an establishment in the Citi Field parking lot.
According to a , Cohen now has a much greater chance of securing one of three expected casino licenses now that more traffic will arrive in the neighborhood.
‘They view the stadium plan as big selling point for the casino,’ a City Hall operative told Rich Calder.
Mets owner Steve Cohen reportedly has his eyes on more than the MLB team’s performances
Renderings here show what developers envision for the brand new New York City FC stadium
‘Anything that shows the state that more people will be coming to the Willets Point area will only help the casino plan.’
Another source mentioned in the report that Cohen had used some of his considerable wealth to further his chances of acquiring one of the sought-after licenses.
Building a casino in the lot at Citi Field hit a stumbling block as a result of the land being considered parkland.
It is reported the removal of its classification as a parkland is viewed as achievable according to a member of Cohen’s camp.
Though state Senator, Jessica Ramos, would want to see the designation ‘subjected to a public review process’ before any alterations were made.
It seems like the Mets’ World Series hopes, patience will be needed before Cohen can get what he wants.
NYCFC’s new stadium will be built next to Citi Field and across from the home of the US Open
NYCFC’s new development will be placed right next to Citi Field and across Roosevelt Avenue from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – home of the US Open tennis tournament.
The stadium will be accessible by public transport via the 7 line of the New York subway system as well as by the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Railroad.
New York City mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday that the city and City Football Group will be building a soccer-specific stadium in the Willets Point neighborhood in the borough of Queens.