New York Islanders Submit Belmont RFP (Report)
New York Islanders have, according to reports, submitted their RFP for a new arena at Belmont. Let us all come together and cross our fingers and toes that this gets approved quickly and without drama.
We knew the day was coming. We knew that the New York Islanders were going to submit a proposal to the states Request For Proposal call earlier this summer. The process was officially opened on Jul 31st. And now that it’s apparently here we’ll have to wait for the rest to fall out.
Applicants had until today at 2:00pm ET to submit their proposals on the site. So we’ll all have to see who else actually makes a bid for the land. We know NYCFC is interested but will they actually submit a proposal.
We’ve known for months since NHL commissioner Gary Bettman indicated that the Islanders would absolutely be submitting a proposal for the empty plot of land.
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It’s Official. Sorta.
And now according to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach via Twitter, the New York Islanders have officially submitted their RFP to the state for Belmont to build a “world-class sports and entertainment destination.”
Which is exactly what the state wanted from their submissions.
So now we sit and wait. Really. We have to wait months before we hear anything from the state regarding who’s successful or not. But this is official step number one in the process. We have the proposal in and now all the attention will turn to the ongoing negotiations between the Barclays and the Islanders.
Both sides must meet, in good faith, and try to hammer out a new deal, or none at all. They have until the 1st of January 2018 to come up with a new deal and until January 31st for either side to opt out of the deal.
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There’s no other way to meet this news but with excitement and a truck load of anxiety. We all know what’s at stake if this fails. The franchise won’t fold or anything, but its star player and present and future of the franchise will split as soon as possible. No pressure.