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DOMED STADIUM IS ANOTHER OPTION FOR THE METS
Published June 22, 1995
Mets Co-Owner Fred Wilpon has a "much more advanced" plan than his partner Nelson Doubleday's desire to replace Shea Stadium with a retractable dome ball park and construct an adjacent futuristic entertainment complex, according to Richard Sandomir in the N.Y. TIMES. In a conversation with Charles Gargano, Chair of the NY Urban Development Corp., Wilpon said Doubleday's Belmont Park plan has hardly been discussed and stated further, "We're perfectly happy at Shea, and we don't want to go anywhere" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 6/22). Paul Moran writes, "Doubleday's idea is worth exploring. The core of Belmont must be preserved, but the fringes of its vast property are expendable and the property is much too large for its current use" (NEWSDAY, 6/22). Joe Gergen writes, "That the Mets are preparing to abandon the facility is not exactly news. ... There is a chance that by the start of the new century New York City will be without a major-league baseball team" (NEWSDAY, 6/22). Bob Glauber notes that the Jets' Meadowlands lease runs through 2008, making them unlikely to join the Mets in a new stadium in "the foreseeable future" (NEWSDAY, 6/22). Denene Millner and Jane Furse note in the N.Y. DAILY NEWS New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would "make certain" the Mets stay in New York City (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/22).