New York Islanders Daily: Belmont Opposition Wants to Measure Stakes Traffic

By Matt O'Leary
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Thoroughbreds and Exercise Riders train prior to the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park at Belmont Park on June 9, 2017 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Thoroughbreds and Exercise Riders train prior to the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park at Belmont Park on June 9, 2017 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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The group opposed to the New York Islanders arena at Belmont Park wants to measure traffic during the Belmont Stakes for reference.

No matter what you do to try to please the masses there’s always going to be people who are against you. The perfect example of this is the those who are against the new Belmont Park arena that the New York Islanders plan on building.

Instead of looking at the potential for new jobs, an influx of spending in their community, etc., the opponents of the proposed Belmont Park development want to harp on traffic.

In order to get an idea of what it would be like to have an arena with over 200 events per year, the opposition would like there to be a study on the traffic of the Belmont Stakes this week. There’s only one issue with this.

The racetrack holds 100,000 people for the biggest event in horse racing. That’s more than five times the amount of people who would be there for an Islanders game or concert. Five times! How can you seriously justify an arena being bad for the community based on a once a year event that holds 100,000 people as opposed to 18,000?

The protestors are grasping at straws at this point. They better get used to this idea of more traffic because an arena is coming whether they like it or not.

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