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Islanders: UBS Arena Ice Installed (Photos)

ELMONT, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: An aerial view of the UBS Arena as construction continues on October 07, 2021 in Elmont, New York. The arena will be the new home for the New York Islanders and is slated to open in November, 2021. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: An aerial view of the UBS Arena as construction continues on October 07, 2021 in Elmont, New York. The arena will be the new home for the New York Islanders and is slated to open in November, 2021. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Maybe it’s just the opening night jitters, or maybe it’s the fact that the New York Islanders have the highest preseason expectations in my lifetime but seeing the ice at UBS Arena for the first time totally hit different today.

The Islanders’ new arena isn’t ready yet, and it won’t be until next month until it’s complete but we got a sneak peek at what the ice surface will look like, and let me tell you, it’s a beautiful sight to see.

In 37 days, the Islanders will be opening this beautiful building and with each passing day, it starts to feel a little bit more real. The ice going in is just another step in that direction and of course, people on Twitter had a great reaction to the ice being down.

Yes, I probably watched this video of the process too many times to count. But it’s just a few hours before puck drop on the 2021-2022 season what else am I supposed to be doing for right now?

The Islanders open up their season on a 13 game road trip making stops in Carolina, Florida, Chicago, Columbus, Arizona, Vegas, Nashville, Montreal, Winnipeg, Minnesota, New Jersey, Tampa Bay and Florida before this beauty of a building gets to open up.

The team will be well-traveled, that much is certain but it’ll be well worth it when in 37 days the Isles will get to come out onto the ice to a standing ovation.

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Enjoy the 2021-2022 season, and hopefully seeing the ice go down at the new arena makes you as excited as it made me.

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