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New York Islanders: Belmont Receives Final Approval

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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The New York Islanders were awarded the final approval for their Belmont Park project. The team is headed back to Nassau County.

After a nearly two year process, the New York Islanders received their final approval from the Franchise Oversight Board for their Belmont Park project. The next step for the Islanders is to finalize a lease.

After a lease is agreed upon and the permits to work are gotten they are able to start. According to Horse Race Insider, the Islanders will break ground on Thursday. Yes, tomorrow the entire process can get started.

One fan was outside Belmont Park yesterday and got a video of his own. Things were happening as early as Tuesday:

The project is still on track for the 2021-2022 season which means the team will play the next two years as a split between Barclays and Nassau Coliseum before their new arena will be complete.

It’s been a long process to get here but Islanders fans deserve the chance to take a deep sigh of relief. There were rumors of this team moving away not too long ago and it seemed like they’d be stuck at the Barclays Center which nobody wanted.

In due time, this team will have a real home of its own. It may not be the same as Nassau Coliseum but it’s just a little further west on the same street. I can’t wait for this thing to open, it’s going to be beautiful.

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