Could the New York Jets one day play home games across from Citi Field?
If one New York Democrat Senator has his way, they would. Senator Joe Abbaddo (NY-15th District) would love to see Gang Green return to its roots, and return to the Borough they called home for 20 years since 1964 when it played games at Shea Stadium.
“I don’t know if that’s the hurdle you can’t overcome to realize the revenue and jobs that would come with bringing the Jets back,” Sen. Joe Addabbo told Legal Sports Report. “The Jets coming back to New York would be monumental.”
The Jets have played home games at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford since 1984 when they became co-tenants with the Giants at old Giants Stadium. It was not until 2009 when MetLife stadium was constructed that both the Jets and Giants agreed to be partners in the home building once the Jets couldn’t land a stadium deal on the West Side of Manhattan when it was struck down by politicians.
The Jets also moved out of their Hofstra University training complex in 2008 and moved to their current team facility in Florham Park, New Jersey — some 25 miles west of MetLife Stadium.
With Major League Soccer’s NYCFC getting a new 25,000 seat ballpark in Willets Point, that has served as an impetus for Addabbo and many others to dream of the Jets return.
What could prevent a Jets return is the potential for a casino that New York Mets owner Steve Cohen would like to build in that same area of Willets point.
The Jets and Giants both can opt out of their lease agreement on MetLife after the 2025 season.