Mets Say They've Talked With Islanders About Hockey Arena Near Citi Field

The New York Mets are talking with the New York Islanders about building the National Hockey League team an arena in Queens.

“We’ve had discussions with the Islanders -- in addition to those we have had with Major League Soccer -- about building a sports/entertainment facility near Citi Field,” the Major League Baseball team said in an e-mailed statement.

Newsday reported yesterday that Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon has talked with Islanders owner Charles Wang about creating a hockey arena that is “synergistic” with Citi Field, and that Wilpon also said it’s possible he could buy the Islanders.

Islanders spokesman Seth Sylvan didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

The Islanders play in 37-year-old Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The team has been trying to work with local government to approve a development plan for a new venue, according to the Associated Press.

The Mets moved into Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York last year. It’s a 20-mile (32-kilometer) drive between the two locations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

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