Since the NY Islanders moved to UBS Arena in 2021, there have been very few complaints about the facility and the amenities within the arena. The one feature that nearly everyone can agree on being the worst aspect of an otherwise outstanding arena is the parking situation, specifically the Emerald lot. While Nassau Coliseum essentially had 360-degree parking surrounding the arena, the trek from the Emerald Lot over to the arena or vice versa, can become daunting, especially on a cold winter night following a loss.
An option for a commercial bus that shuttles attendees to and from the Elmont LIRR station is utilized by plenty of patrons and along that route, you may have seen green trolleys that move about the roads along the property of UBS Arena and Belmont Park. While it may not be ideal, it's something the fan base has grown accustom to and would never think about destroying or defacing the buses that bring them to and from the arena. Right?
While he likely wasn't much of a hockey fan, it was recently reported that someone stole one of the arena's green trolleys, leaving it engulfed in flames on Hempstead Turnpike. Surveillance video shows a man entering the trolley around 9 p.m. on July 15. The man proceeded to drive the trolley into a parked car before heading to Hempstead Tpk., where he ditched the vehicle. Detectives say officers responded to Gate 5 outside the arena in response to what people called a car fire.
The suspect has yet to be found but has been described as a white male, middle-aged, wearing a black t-shirt, black jeans, and white shoes.
Nassau County Detectives assigned to the case are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.
It's probably safe to assume that this guy won't be part of the crowd on opening night.