Next year marks the inaugural season for the Isles in their new home and fans were quick to lock in their season seats. Over 12,000 fans have committed to season tickets next season.
Tim Leiweke, the CEO of Oakview Group said “This arena will bring the very best in both hockey and entertainment to fans across the region and we’re excited to open up the doors to the public this fall.”
Additionally, only six of the 56 suites are left, and less than 250 seats in the arena’s prestigious Dime Club remain. This is surely a positive sign as the team gets ready to move.
Credit to Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin on this project. When they bought the team there was no long-term solution for a home and they were able to get something done at a beautiful new building.
They also realized how important it is to have a good product to sell to the fans. Heading into their new arena they will come off of back-to-back Conference Final appearances (at a minimum as the team is still playing right now) and playoffs in three straight years.
I would say this is exactly what the team had in mind when they hired Lou Lamoriello and then Barry Trotz a couple of months later. None of this is possible without their vision, and fans should absolutely be thankful for that.
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Hopefully, we can go a couple more weeks without having to think about that new building too much. The Islanders still have business to attend to.