It was announced that NY will invest $1 billion to build the arena, which will lead to the creation of 3,100 permament jobs. "And this is them coming home". The Islanders have reportedly been informed that their plan will be announced as the winning bid during a Wednesday press conference that will include NY governor Andrew Cuomo.
Now it's just a matter of how long it will take for the new facility, which is expected to feature an 18,000-seat arena, a hotel with up to 200 rooms, 435,000 square feet of retail space and a 10,000-square-foot "innovation center", to be built and fully operational.
Empire State Development Corp. The soccer team pitched a 26,000-seat, open-air stadium, plus 400,000 square feet of retail space and a community park, among other perks. It now has no major sports teams playing there regularly and fills its calendar with concerts and other events.
The Islanders and their partners-Oak View Group and Sterling Project Development-responded to a request for proposal (RFP) in September by turning in a bid for a new arena.More news: Congress Keeps Delaying Renewal of Its 'Must-Pass' Warrantless Surveillance Program
Cuomo lauded the consortium's $1 billion investment in the Elmont redevelopment project, which will not only "create thousands of jobs" - including thousands of construction jobs and 3,100 permanent positions, by ESD's estimates - but rights something of a cultural wrong, according to the governor.
"There's a lot of great Islanders fans that deserve a little shorter travel, so I think it's great".
"I love this area, I love Queens", he added. Jones Beach in the summer and Nassau Coliseum, that's where you went for a concert.
The Islanders will stay in Brooklyn through the end of next season. It was sad. They were so much a part of the identity and the culture of Long Island.
"When the Islanders left, they left a hole in the heart of Long Island". Corrects title of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Numerous details about the project remain unclear, including when exactly the team will begin playing in the new arena. "The Islanders are called the Islanders for a reason.This is really where the team belongs", John Tavares said. He says it will be "the home of economic development".More news: Toys R Us rescue deal is saved by pension settlement
Discussions for development of Belmont Park began 12 years ago, but initially did not include a sports arena.
All three proposals were "evaluated under the highest possible standards and criteria", Zemsky added, "as thorough and professional as it gets". "You've been passionate supporters for the team, both on and off the ice". Cuomo asked Bettman for exactly that, from the podium, to a chorus of loud cheers. The new arena will be situated in one of the track's parking lots, not far from a Long Island Rail Road station.
The Islanders played at the Nassau Coliseum from its inception in 1972 until 2015, winning the Stanley Cup every year from 1980 to 1983.
"It's the first time in Islander history that they will be in a world-class facility". "Congratulations to you, the great fans of the New York Islanders".More news: Indians agree to $16M, 2-year deal with 1B Alonso