Welcome back to the island!! Long Island. My island. My home. And now, the new (old) home of the New York Islanders. On Tuesday, according to Newsday and other sources, the Islanders won the bid to build a new stadium next to Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont. The Islanders must have been extremely home sick, as they left for Brooklyn just 3 years ago.
This move is being made possible by the team and the Sterling Project Development. The Sterling Project Development is run by the owners of the New York Mets, the Wilpon family (uh oh). The Islanders’ new stadium will seat approximately 18,000 fans, an increase from the 15,795 seats (2nd smallest in the NHL) in Barclays Center. The ‘play hockey at Barclays Center experiment’ didn’t last long — for good reason. The scoreboard was off-center. And last time I checked, you can’t have obstructed views in an arena. Someone get me in touch with the structural engineer on that job. Idiot.
While both the Islanders and Barclays Center have an opt-out clause in their contract this coming January, expect the Islanders to call Brooklyn home until the new stadium is ready. New stadiums generally take 2 or 3 years to complete. I’ll get out there and help build it if it means I don’t have to travel to Brooklyn anymore to watch hockey….
This news is an early Christmas present to real Islanders fans. I mean, who wouldn’t appreciate a 20 minute drive to a professional sporting event?! Also included in the proposal, plans to reopen a Long Island Railroad stop at Belmont Park. Beautiful!! Now you can partake in a few extra Yoo-Hoos on the way to the game.
The official announcement is set to come today, Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Many believe this will make the Islanders a more attractive franchise. Their hope is they’ll be able to resign all-star center, John Tavares, when he becomes a free agent next July. Will a new state-of-the-art stadium be enough to keep Tavares in Orange and Blue??
Only time will tell….
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