New Islanders Arena On Schedule To Open In November ‘21

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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.

The tour also included a first look from the ground or ‘ice level” for views of the arena.

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

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to New Islanders Arena On Schedule To Open In November ‘21

  1. Joe says:

    I don’t understand why hockey arenas aren’t built to hold 20,000 people. It should be very easy to get 2-3000 more seats and still have a good view of the ice when building a new barn. A few more paying costumers are always a good thing. I also think the league needs to mandate a change for all future arenas, make them easily transition to an IIHF ice sheet. The nhl rink would need to lose two spectator rows on each side to fit the wider rink.

    On a similar note I think the mlb should mandate all future ball parks have closable roofs to eliminate weather delays.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Good perspective, Joe. I wish I could answer your question about the size of NHL arenas. I have to guess somehow it has to do with money? Maybe not. I like the idea for MLB stadiums.

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