New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky revealed his plans for Belmont Park this past weekend if the Isles do end up winning the bid.
As a New York Islanders fan from Long Island, it’s tough for me to move on from the Nassau Coliseum. A lot of fans feel this way, unfortunately, but logically Belmont Park makes the most sense for the Islanders right now.
Islanders owner Jon Ledecky released his plan for the Belmont Park location if of course, they win the bid. The Long Island Railroad plays a considerable role in this decision.
Ledecky said that he plans on building the arena right next to the part-time LIRR station that’s located at Belmont Park. Turning that part-time stop into a full-time stop is a necessity that Ledecky also addressed with Newsday.
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In addition to the train stop becoming full-time Ledecky plans on having 7,000 parking spots available for people who want to make the drive instead. That would allow fans to tailgate as they did at the Coliseum and something that’s not an option at the Barclays Center.
Belmont seems to combine the best things of both the Barclays and the Coliseum. There would be a mass transit option, which was lacking at the Coliseum. It’s close in proximity to the fanbase, which isn’t the case at the Barclays Center.
And the best part, the Isles will have a state of the art arena built for hockey. It’s a win all around.
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