While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..
THAT is unlikely….
The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…
The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…
The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….
Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….
New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…
He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.
Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.
“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”
Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….
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