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Islanders: Lamoriello Says New Arena Will Have ‘Coliseum Atmosphere’

ELMONT, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: New York Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello, co-owner Jon Ledecky, coach Barry Trotz and Islanders players captain Anders Lee and goaltender Thomas Greiss take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Islanders new hockey arena at Belmont Park on September 23, 2019 in Elmont, New York. The $1.3 billion facility, which will seat 19,000 and include shops, restaurants and a hotel, is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 hockey season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: New York Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello, co-owner Jon Ledecky, coach Barry Trotz and Islanders players captain Anders Lee and goaltender Thomas Greiss take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Islanders new hockey arena at Belmont Park on September 23, 2019 in Elmont, New York. The $1.3 billion facility, which will seat 19,000 and include shops, restaurants and a hotel, is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 hockey season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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According to Lou Lamoriello, the New York Islanders new home at Belmont will be like a Coliseum Atmosphere for games.

One of the many things Islanders fans have to look forward to is the new building at Belmont Park. By the start of the 2021 season, the arena will be finished and the Isles will officially have a new home to play in.

It’s been at the forefront of fans minds for a very long time, and Lou Lamoriello provided a little reassurance today when talking about the arena with season ticket holders.

Lou goes on to say that the new arena will have a “Coliseum atmosphere”:

https://twitter.com/NYIslanders/status/1271473633182076929

Lou hits on it in the video, but sometimes when building a new arena teams and designers worry so much about the fan experience they forget the little things like putting the seats right on top of the ice to create an environment.

One of the things the Isles benefit from is a home-ice advantage. The Coliseum is such a loud place to play and it’s great that the Isles want to carry that over and keep that advantage in Belmont.

We found out last year that the Belmont Arena will have a 100-foot high ceiling. For reference, the Coliseum is 75 feet high but the new place will have an additional 3,000 seats to balance it out.

Edmonton’s new building is 141 feet for reference while Detroit’s is 100 feet but also starts 37 feet below ground so it’s really closer to 137 feet than 100. The Isles are going against the norm for new buildings with a lower ceiling which will be advantageous for them playing 41 home games in the building.

The new renderings that come out continue to get better and better, for instance, the latest one that our friend Rob Taub shared on Twitter:

With construction back underway, the building is going to begin to take shape and it continues to be one of the main talking points around Islanders fans and for good reason. It’s just nice to hear Lou Lamoriello and Jon Ledecky confirm that the atmosphere isn’t going to change.

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