Governor Cuomo Announces Syracuse Mets Commit to Spend at Least 25 Years in Syracuse

New York State to Match $12.5 Million Investment by Onondaga County to Support $26.25 Million Renovations to NBT Bank Stadium

October 17, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Syracuse Mets are committing to sign a lease extension to call Syracuse home for at least 25 years. New York State is committing $12.5 million to Onondaga County's major renovation project at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, in preparation for the arrival of the Mets' minor league franchise in 2019. The $26.25 million project will result in an improved experience for dedicated baseball fans and visitors while ensuring the Mets' farm-team will stay in Syracuse until at least 2043. The Governor also announced the team has been renamed and will now be known as the "Syracuse Mets."

"Baseball has been ingrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

Last November, Governor Cuomo announced an agreement had been reached for the New York Mets to purchase the franchise rights to the Syracuse Chiefs, a Triple-A minor league baseball franchise, for approximately $18 million. The deal ensured that the team would continue to play at NBT Bank Stadium through at least 2025.

Read the full press release here.