New York Islanders Belmont Arena Dream One Step Closer

Today, the New York Islanders got one step closer to getting shovels in the ground to build their new arena at Belmont Park.

Today, New York state’s Empire State Development voted to approve the New York Islanders $1.3 billion proposal for a new arena at Belmont Park.

Along with a state of the art 19,000 seat arena for the New York Islanders, the plan calls for 350,000 square feet of retail space and a 250-room hotel.

With the approval passed, the Islanders are one huge step closer to getting shovels in the ground on this marquee project for the franchise and Long Island.

One More Step

The approval from Empire State Development (ESD) doesn’t yet clear the way for the Islanders to start digging at Belmont Park. An environmental review still needs to be looked at and approved. Something that could happen as early as next week.

Other roadblocks that can happen are possible lawsuits against the development. Floral Park deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald has already indicated that “all options are open“.

But with the approval from ESD the New York Islanders have taken another major step forward to build a new home on Long Island. Where they undoubtedly belong.

Securing a brand new arena is massively important for the New York Islanders who are desperate to create a modern identity. For decades they’ve been this bottom-dwelling team with low attendance, abject or absent ownership, and no actual home to call their own.

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With a new arena at Belmont Park, the New York Islanders can kill three birds with one stone. Figuratively of course.