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Last week it became known that the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) will have its own stadium. City Field in Queens.

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$780 million project gets support New York Mayor Eric Adams and will also include 2,500 affordable housing units and a hotel, a huge renovation of what the area now consists of: auto repair shops and muffler shops.

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The project also reportedly gave Mets owner Steve Cohen the hope of securing a casino license.

Cohen has wanted a casino license ever since he bought the Mets. The New York government grants three licenses throughout the state.

“They see the stadium plan as a big argument in favor of the casino,” a city hall official said. New York Post. “Anything that shows there will be more people in the Willets Point area will only help the casino plan.”

Cohen wants to build a casino in the Citi Field parking lot, but the land is considered parkland, so government officials will have to agree, which Cohen is sure will happen.

City Field

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The Mets owner spent more than $2 million to try to get the casino license: $1.5 million to the PAC super committee that backed Eric Adams for mayor, about $480,000 in lobbying fees, and more than $200,000 to New York Democratic leaders. York, including Governor Kathy Hochul.

“[Cohen and his team have] spent a lot of money and spent a lot of time getting to know a bunch of state and city officials to start building relationships before formally making the request,” another insider told The Post.

Ironically, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, from whom Cohen bought the Mets, are also vying for a license in the Hudson Yards area of ​​Manhattan. The Wilpons are considered a “key competitor”.

NYCFC game at Citi Field

Cohen’s casino will be the second in Queens, along with Resorts World at Aqueduct Racecourse.

soccer stadium project expected to be completed in 2027.