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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders will be returning part-time to Nassau Coliseum for the next three seasons as their new arena at Belmont Park is being built.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that the Islanders would play about half of their games at their former home, splitting time with Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn arena, which the Isles share with the N.B.A.’s Nets, has been an odd fit for hockey since the team began playing there after the 2014-15 season.
“When the Islanders left, it was sad,” said Governor Cuomo, who grew up nearby in Queens. “You feel like you are losing part of who you are, your identity. Their coming home is in many ways a sense of the revitalization of Long Island. At the end of three seasons, we should have the new arena built, so it’s all good.”
The Islanders announced last month that the state’s top development agency, Empire State Development, had accepted their proposal for an 18,000-seat arena adjacent to the Belmont Park grandstand.
The new arena will host at least 41 Islanders games a season. A 400,000-square-foot retail village and a hotel are also part of the planned $1 billion project, which has yet to begin construction.
Source: The New York Times