Saturday, May 7, 2011

Baseball stadiums lack C of Os

From the Wall Street Journal:

The cash-strapped New York Mets have failed to occupy more than 20,000 square feet of retail space as the team begins its third season in its $800 million Citi Field stadium, the primary reason the Queens stadium has failed to receive a final sign-off from the city.

A city official confirmed late Tuesday that the Mets have yet to receive a final certificate of occupancy for the stadium because a significant portion of the facility is empty. "We don't give the final certificate to vacant areas," the official said. "It has to be occupied."

The Mets' cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees, also have failed to receive a final certificate of occupancy for the team's new $1.5 billion stadium in the Bronx, but for entirely different reasons.

In the Yankees' case, officials at City Hall confirmed the team neither sought nor received final approval from the Public Design Commission, a little-known city agency that was established in 1898 and is charged with ensuring that the design of all art, exterior architecture, street furniture and landscaping meet public standards.

But some city officials acknowledge the Bloomberg Administration hasn't been pressing the Yankees to comply with the commission.

An official with the Mets said the team is actively trying to fill the vacant space, which it estimated at closer to 15,000 square feet of the 1.2 million-square-foot facility. A spokeswoman for the Yankees denied that the team flouted city rules and promised to seek final approval "shortly."

Both teams have been getting temporary certificates of occupancy from the Department of Buildings, which means officials believe both facilities are safe to occupy.


Mayor Mike said...

PLAY (with my) BALL!

Anonymous said...

"An official with the Mets said the team is actively trying to fill the vacant space" between Claire Shillman's ears!!!

Gary the Agnostic said...

Somehow this is not surprising.

Joe said...

Who the hell is going to pay over $40 sq foot retail space when most the locals don't have money and can buy retail on Roosevelt ave sidewalks for 1/4 the price.
To add in the deal you must make Citibank process all your accounts and credit cards.

Forget making swag and retail $$ off Ballgame fans.
They are broke from the cost of a game ticket & parking and "priority's" like those +$12 beer & hotdog's.
They should never have destroyed Shea it would have lasted 50 more years and was designed better.
This new slap up "erector set" stadium is a cheap piece of junk with to many signs, bad visibility and acoustics.


Mr. Met said...

Shea what???