New York Islanders: Belmont Park Arena Already Has A Nickname
By Matt O'Leary
This week, the New York Islanders officially broke ground on their new arena. The Belmont Park Arena already has a nickname amongst fans and it’s perfect.
When thinking of Nassau Coliseum and the New York Islanders time there, two phrases come to mind. One is Fort Neverlose and the other is the Old Barn. Fort Neverlose is a namesake from the Islanders cup days.
When the Isles were dominating the NHL, winning four Stanley Cups in a row and going to a fifth, their nickname for the Coliseum was Fort Neverlose. The reason for it, simply put, was because teams didn’t come into that building and win.
During the four straight Stanley Cup wins the Islanders were 10-0 at home in the Final. 10-0! That kind of success is unheard of, hence the name being fitting. The Old Barn is another name that hits close to home.
In hockey, older arenas are referred to as “Old Barns”. There aren’t many left but the Coliseum certainly is one of the few remaining barns. Since I wasn’t around during the Cup years, “the old barn” is synonymous to Nassau Coliseum.
Will there be a nickname for the Isles new arena in Belmont? Well, thanks to social media there already is one.
YesMen Outfitters produces awesome Islanders merch. If you’re an Islander fan you’ve definitely seen their stuff around the arena. Their latest merch drop reads Barn to Stable.
Since the Islanders new arena will be built near the racetrack it’s only fitting that the nickname is horse-related. Isles fans seem to be already on board with this new nickname:
When the Islanders move into their new home in 2021, it will no longer be referred to the barn. You’ll be heading to the stable, and honestly, that’s a pretty sweet name.
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Like I said it’s in reference to the Isles being next to the racetrack and it’s also different and unique from every other team in the league. Meet me at the Stable is the new meet me at the lighthouse, and I think I like it.