Construction for the two new NHL arenas have struggled to maintain development schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, after experiencing several delays, it appears that both the new arenas in Seattle and New York will be able to meet their original deadlines for opening day of the 2021-2022 season. In anticipation of their future opening, the Islanders recently released new architectural renderings of their new facility at Belmont Park.
The Islanders announced on March 27th that construction of their new arena at Belmont Park, scheduled to open for the 2021-2022 season, had been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in early May, Governor Cuomo allowed construction on large projects to resume as part of his plan to reopen the state economy. Construction subsequently continued with the new arena still set to open for the 2021-2022 season.
- 17,000-seat arena built for Islanders hockey (19,000 seats for music)
- Highest resolution scoreboard in New York
- New LIRR station with direct service to Manhattan (Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station) and plenty of parking
- Two outdoor terraces open to all guests
- Eight bars with views of the ice
- More restrooms per person than any arena in metro NY
- Unique premium offerings like the Spotlight Club, where guests will have views of the team tunnel and see players going on and off of the ice
- Safe standing section
- State of the art team training facility
New York’s Nassau Coliseum is shutting down indefinitely while seeking investors to take over operations and pick up the remaining debt on the building, according to Bloomberg. The Long Island arena is one of two homes for the NHL’s New York Islanders.