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New York Islanders Belmont Arena Groundbreaking Update

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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It seems that ground will break on the New York Islanders arena at Belmont Park just Labor Day.

At an event for season ticket holders, New York Islanders co-majority owner John Ledecky indicated that a groundbreaking for the Islanders new arena at Belmont Park will be held after Labor Day.

That’s technically not a delay from what we were told by Ledecky just a few months ago. Labor Day is still technically in summer even if September doesn’t sound like it should be part of summer.

It’s easy for projects like this to quickly derail with delay upon delay. The Barclays Center was conceived in 2003 and was supposed to be open by 2006. It didn’t officially open until 2012, some six years after it was supposed to.

To have the groundbreaking occur on time is incredibly significant for the timely completion of the project. And, more importantly, for the New York Islanders to be able to move by the 2021-22 season.

Open in 2021-22

Speaking with Newsday back in March, Ledecky stated that the arena was on track to open for the 2021-22 NHL season.

"“I think had the developers not started and been so far ahead of the game in terms of working on the project, we might be in a different situation,” he said. “But to the developers’ credit, working with the hockey team, they’ve stayed on path.“They know how important it is for us to be in there for the 2021-22 season.”"

And according to word coming out of that season ticket holder meeting, it seems that they still plan on meeting that deadline with a 20 month construction period and being open for the 2021-22 season.

That means two more seasons of a split home schedule between the Nassau Coliseum and the Barclays Center. Of course, assuming there are no delays.

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The Belmont project seems to be going ahead right on schedule. It’s frankly a relief to hear because as with any construction project delays are typically unavoidable. So far so good.

We’re all still awaiting the official announcement from the New York Islanders but for now, this will do.

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