The Chiefs have been a community owned team for almost six decades, dating back to 1961. The new deal with the Mets also ends Syracuse’s current nine-year affiliation with the Washington Nationals.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Mets officially announced the deal at NBT Bank Stadium. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson and Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey were all in attendance.
“The advantages are the proximity to New York, proximity to Binghamton which allows flow of player from double A and triple A,” said Sandy Alderson.
Alderson also said how weather conditions are an advantage to having a team in Syracuse. The weather in upstate is more similar to NY than Vegas making it easier to evaluate players before calling them up to the major leagues.
NBT Bank Stadium will still be owned by the county and the Mets are looking to do some upgrades.
“You have the Mets the triple A team in Syracuse, double A in Binghamton with the rumble ponies, single A in Brooklyn Cyclones,” said Cuomo. “They would be an all New York state team. That’s what the Mets are all about.”
The Governor also believes this partnership will make people from all across New York want to come and watch the Chiefs in Syracuse.
The deal still requires the approval of a two-thirds majority of the team’s shareholders. A vote of the shareholders is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at NBT Bank Stadium.
Neither the Mets nor Chiefs would disclose details on the deal including how much the Mets would be purchasing the Syracuse team for. Both parties were confident that the deal would go through though.
The deal if approved won’t take effect until after the 2018 season due to the Chiefs current agreement with the Nationals.