Monday, June 13, 2005

Olympic Hail Mary

The "amazing" Mets pulled New York's Olympic dreams out of the gutter with an announcement that the Mets will build a new stadium to be used for the 2012 Olympics. The plan would have a new Shea stadium in time for the 2009 season. The new stadium would be paid for by the Mets, with the city providing $85 and the state $75 million for infrastructure improvements around the new stadium.

"Today, we can stand here and tell New York, tell the United States and tell the world that we are going to continue to fight for the Olympic Games. You can never count New Yorkers out." - Mayor Bloomberg
The Yankees have agreed to let the Mets play at Yankee Stadium for the 2012 season, since the Yankees are not currently using that facility for anything that resembles baseball.

While no designs have been submitted, I took the liberty of coming up with my own proposal. This one would move the Mets to New Jersey. The new stadium in Queens will house the New York Jets, who currently play in Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Screw the Olympics.