is protected by the copyright laws of the United States.No portion of this web site may be copied, transferred or otherwise used without expressed written permission.That figure represents an 11.5 percent increase over 2016's average of 4,158.That's the largest leap in attendance since NBT Bank Stadium opened in 1997 (then known as P&C Stadium), when the average attendance jumped 27 percent (from 4,694 in 1996 to 5,982). Under terms of the agreement, the Mets will acquire ownership of the Triple-A Chiefs from the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc., and continue to play its games at NBT Bank Stadium starting in 2019, the sources said.The Mets would own and operate the Syracuse Chiefs, the sources said, bringing in the resources necessary to build a franchise that struggled in recent years with its finances.The Syracuse Chiefs hosted a rare sellout during their game against Pawtucket at NBT Bank Stadium on Friday July 4, 2014.The team's attendance was up 11.5 percent in 2017 over the previous season. Cannerelli | [email protected]( The New York Mets have reached an agreement to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the International League baseball team its top minor league affiliate, according to two sources briefed about the deal.
Prior to that, Syracuse partnered with the Toronto Blue Jays for 31 years.
The Chiefs previously disclosed in 2013 that the team has about 4,000 shareholders who hold a combined 15,857 shares.
Bill Dutch, president of the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, declined to comment Monday afternoon when asked about the sale.
The agreement with the Washington Nationals ends after the 2018 season.
Likewise, the New York Mets will be able to leave their deal with Triple-A Las Vegas after the 2018 season.