The New York Islanders arena construction has been paused but in Phase 1, the construction can resume at Belmont Park.
Yesterday, the New York area received some good news from the Governor. Andrew Cuomo said that teams can return to their facilities for training after more than two months in a state of pause.
Since we also found out that the NHL is planning on a 24 team playoff format, this isn’t too much of a surprise. According to Laura Curran, this also means that construction at Belmont can resume in Phase 1.
Initially, the Belmont Arena was deemed essential but on March 27, that came to a close. Exactly two months later to the day in fact, the arena will resume construction on Wednesday.
This is great news for the Islanders who initially were planning to move into their new home for the start of the 2021-2022 season. With the two month delay, it’s hard to say if there is going to be a delay or not to the arena opening.
As of now, the plan seems to be to hit the target date which is October of 2021. The workers are going to have their work cut out for them in order to make up those two months of missed time during the quarantine.
As New York’s numbers continue to go down, we will see the resumption of more and more activities and phase 1 being implemented is definitely a positive sign for the area, that has been hit the most during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A sense of normalcy returns with the resumption of activities, it just so happens to have an impact on the Islanders as well.