Hockey: Jeff Wilpon Wants Winter Classic at Citi Field

Larry Brooks, in a report in today’s New York Post, says Mets COO Jeff Wilpon would like to hold the NHL’s Winter Classic at Citi Field.

On Thursday, Wilpon told the Post:

“I’ve had several conversations with Commissioner Bettman and have informed him that we’d love to have the game…Gary [Bettman] has told me that he and his team will come out and do a site visit early in the year, so I know that we are going to be under consideration.”

Wilpon also said he has spoken to New York Rangers CEO Larry Dolan and New York Islanders owner Charles Wang about the possibility of bringing the game to Citi Field in 2011, and with regards to the Islanders, Wilpon said “there is interest there.”

However, Brooks says NBC isn’t thrilled about having two teams from the same market play in the Winter Classic.

…like i said the other day, i think it would be great to hold events like this at Citi Field, as i believe it would help brand the ballpark as a great national venue for all sorts of events, and not just a single use facility, much the way Giants Stadium and Shea Stadium and even the old Yankee Stadium had become…

For more on the Mets and the Winter Classic, check out Brooks’ article in the New York Post here.