The New York Islanders’ proposal to build a new arena at Belmont Park was selected as the winning bid on Tuesday and was made official earlier today.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is on hand to make the announcement this morning to make the official announcement in a news conference:
The Islanders’ plan is an 18,000-seat arena that will an entertainment hub, hotel and retail village. The team sought to get out of its 25-year lease at the Barclays Center, where they started playing in 2015 after leaving the Nassau Coliseum.
The team was competing with MLS’ New York City FC, who was looking to get a 26,000-seat stadium at the site.
Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky has said the team will continue to play at Barclays Center through next season as they are contractually obligated to do.
Many NHL insiders revealed that captain John Tavares was awaiting to see what would happen with the club's future in New York before signing a lengthy extension with the Isles.
“And if all of those pieces are in place, I don’t think it’s difficult to do a contract. I think they basically say, ‘Here you go. Eight years and pick some double-digit number between $10-12 million,’ and away we go. It’s not rocket science on that front. It’s just a matter of John Tavares being fully comfortable, and at this point I don’t think he is fully comfortable," explained NHL insider Bob McKenzie after the announcement on Tuesday.
Looking good Isles fans!