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New York Islanders Belmont Groundbreaking Ceremony Set For Monday

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 are set to have their “official” groundbreaking ceremony on their new arena this upcoming Monday.

A few weeks ago, the bulldozers were out at Belmont Park. They started clearing out trees and sturring up dirt where the New York Islanders new arena will be built. Monday, the Isles will be welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo down for the ceremony.

Empire State Development has been planning this for a few years at this point and it looks like it will “officially” be underway in just a few days.

The plan is to build a 19,000 seat arena that will serve the Islanders, a 250 room hotel, and a 350,000 square foot area for retail shops.

Earlier this September, Floral Park tried to open a lawsuit to prevent the building from being constructed. Jack Sterne, Spokesperson for ESD had this to say about the lawsuit at the time

"“Empire State Development does not comment on litigation. This project has gone through a transparent, public process over multiple years, and has adhered to all requirements under state law. We will vigorously defend our actions so we can move forward with this project, which will deliver thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity to Nassau County.”"

With Monday as the date for the shovel in the ground, all signs point to this lawsuit not being a major threat to this project.

For Islanders fans, this is a huge deal. Nassau Coliseum wasn’t properly renovated in order to hold an NHL team, the Barclays Center doesn’t want the Islanders, but Belmont does.

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It’s a little further West on Hempstead Turnpike but it’s still on Hempstead Turnpike, and now there will be a full-service LIRR station that would serve fans and the community. This is a good thing and a major win for the Islanders.

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