The New York Islanders want out of the Barclays Center, that much we know. The sentiment is reciprocal from the Barclays Center also. Building and moving to a new arena would be ideal. And now, it seems that might get under way sooner, rather than later.
It’s no secret. The New York Islanders want to move from the Barclays Center to a hockey first arena somewhere in New York. And according to Newsday, it seems like that reality might be closer than we think.
According to Newsday’s Randi Marshall, the Request For Proposal (RFP) process is set to begin as of this Monday.
Great! So Tavares signature is to be expected on Tuesday then? Not so fast.
The RFP is but step one in a multi layered process that could go on for four years before a shovel even hits the ground. Remember that the last proposal for Belmont Park was a 25,000 seat soccer stadium that hummed and hawed for four years before being canceled by Empire State Development.
Tavares doesn’t have four years to sit and wait this out.
If anything what the opening of the RFP process does is let the New York Islanders place a formal bid for the land and officially declare their intentions with a concrete proposal for that new arena.
And who knows how many bidders submit proposals for Belmont Park this time around. Last time there were four. The more bidders the longer this might all take to sort out.
So get excited that this could start as early as Monday. But don’t get excited because you think John Tavares’ extension is going to be just as close. It’s not.