The New York Islanders’ new home is just over a year away from hosting hockey games. The UBS Arena at Belmont Park will be the home of the Islanders starting in November of 2021. The new arena is the centerpiece of the $1.3 billion Belmont Park Redevelopment Project, which also includes a hotel, office space, and world-class retail village.
Reporters recently had the opportunity to tour the new facility and check-in on the construction progress.
Hey #Isles fans. I took a tour of UBS Arena today. Here’s a glimpse at your new home.
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— Justin Birnbaum (@JustBirny) October 7, 2020
The tour also included a first look from the ground or ‘ice level” for views of the arena.
— Justin Birnbaum (@JustBirny) October 9, 2020
The design of the new facility included late-stage modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-era design changes for the new UBS Arena included a modified air circulation management system that pulls air up rather than down within the arena, grab-and-go technology for concession stands and apps and technology that tell visitors how crowded bathrooms are.
The Islanders released new renderings of UBS Arena on October 23, showing off the building’s luxury spaces that were designed to resemble a modern-day extension of the neighboring racetrack.
The images of the arena’s suites, bars and gathering places for their premium ticket holders will remind many of the look and feel of the inside of Belmont Park, built in 1905 and refurbished in the 1960s.
UBS Arena, slated to hold 17,113 for Islanders games, will have 55 suites, which is significantly fewer than most recent arenas. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, for example, the most recently built in the metropolitan area, has 101 suites.
By Jon Sorensen