New York Islanders Awarded Belmont Park (Report)

By Matt O'Leary
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 11: (EDITORS NOTE: This digital image was created with the use of a variable vocal plane lens) Creator
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 11: (EDITORS NOTE: This digital image was created with the use of a variable vocal plane lens) Creator /
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It’s being reported that the New York Islanders have won the bid for Belmont Park. Official announcement expected tomorrow.

The New York Islanders are coming home. According to Jim Baumbach, the Islanders have won the bid for Belmont Park. The story broke just after noon today.

As we wrote earlier on the website an official announcement was supposed to be released tomorrow. Sources close to the situation told Newsday that the Islanders had the winning bid over NYCFC.

"The Islanders’ bid includes an 18,000-seat, year-round arena that would host 150 events annually as well as 435,000-square feet of space for retail, a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms and a 10,000-square foot “innovation center” that would be developed with resident input."

To say this is huge news for the Islanders would be the understatement of the century. This is arguably the biggest event in Islanders history outside of their inception and four cups.

As Gary Bettman mentioned on numerous occasions the Islanders had no backup plan to stay in New York if this plan didn’t go through. The Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum weren’t a long-term solution, but Belmont is.

Elmont will be blessed with a brand new multipurpose facility that holds 18,000 people, a new hotel, shops and a pretty darn good hockey team.

With the arena situation figured out the next item on the agenda is extending John Tavares. Don’t be surprised if the next big story is John Tavares signing. As we’ve mentioned on the site, and as most already know the arena deal is imperative to getting Tavares to stay.

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It’s a Christmas miracle for Islanders fan. Hats off to Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin for getting this done, huge day for the Islanders. Enjoy it guys.

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