Islanders Round Table: Belmont RFP Success Or Flat Out Drama

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UNIONDALE, NY – MAY 05: A payloader removes the ice from the Nassau Coliseum on May 5, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders have played their last game at the Nassau Coliseum and will begin to play at the Barclay’s Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City next season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Charles Baldi

Oh boy, another long and tiring process that we have to endure about where this team will play for the foreseeable future. When the team first moved to Barclays I was happy because they were staying in the area.

Now that the relationship between the two has turned soured, Belmont creates a new hope for the Islanders to stay where they belong. Is it a forgone conclusion that the team will win the bid and build a brand new HOCKEY arena that they deserve?

No, but this is an opportunity that the organization has to seize and be very, very, very careful with the entire process. I do have my doubts and feel like it’s going to be dragged out and time is definitely not on the Islanders side.

They need to make sure they can put a team on the ice that will draw fans. Low attendance numbers certainly would question if a new arena would maximize profit. Ownership needs to make sure they have all their bases covered.