New York Islanders Daily: Belmont Constructive Expected To Begin In May

By Matt O'Leary
EAST MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 29: New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky addresses the guests during the New York Islanders memorial service for Al Arbour on August 29, 2016 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
EAST MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 29: New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky addresses the guests during the New York Islanders memorial service for Al Arbour on August 29, 2016 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders are expected to start construction of their new arena in May of 2019 according to their owner Jon Ledecky.

It’s been almost a year since the New York Islanders officially announced their return to Long Island, with the Belmont Park Arena. Since the announcement was official, the biggest question was when is the development going to begin.

It appears we have that answer after co-owner Jon Ledecky spoke to the media yesterday. In May of 2019, you can expect the ground to break on the Islanders new arena.

This news comes on the heels of reported backlash from the community, but Jon Ledecky says he’s taking that very seriously.

"“I have taken tours of every single town in and around the arena,” he said. “We don’t publicize that. But I’ve worked with the mayors and I’ve been meeting with my colleagues and them. I feel very positive about the support that we’re receiving in the community. I think we take the feedback from the community very seriously.”"

If the arena does break ground when expected, the building is on pace to be ready by the start of the 2021-2022 season. A positive sign for the Islanders, who have had a rocky relationship with the Barclays Center.

Despite what the critics have said, this arena is happening, and now there’s even a timetable for the beginning of production.

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