Islanders beat NYCFC in bids for arena site

Islanders beat NYCFC in bids for arena site

The decision is expected to be announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

The Islanders now play at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which became their home in 2015-16.

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.

The NHL's New York Islanders have won a bid contest to develop land near Belmont Park into a new arena site, beating New York City FC of Major League Soccer among others, multiple reports said Tuesday.

"We have no Plan B", Ledecky said earlier this month.

The Islanders' bid includes an 18,000-seat, year-round arena that would host 150 events annually as well as 435,000 square feet of space for retail, a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms, and a 10,000-square-foot "innovation center" that would be developed with resident input.

New York Islanders Leadership Steps Up After Difficult Loss

Cuomo says the billion dollar investment to the area will create 3,000 permanent jobs.

According to the Brooklyn Borough president, they'll be no love lost for the Islanders when they go. "We wish the Islanders well on their journey to Belmont, and they should consider Nassau Coliseum in the interim period".

Discussions for development of Belmont Park began 12 years ago, but initially did not include a sports arena. Capacity for hockey in Brooklyn is 15,795, the second-smallest in the NHL. Currently, Seattle, Houston and Quebec City are all seeking National Hockey League teams for relocation.

Worse yet, Barclays Center management, which originally signed a 25-year deal with the Islanders, stated at the beginning of 2017 they wanted their hockey-playing tenants out of their building and put on the table a January 1 deadline to renegotiate the terms of their deal where, if the two sides weren't able to come to an accord, Barclays Center would have been able to choose to keep the current deal or opt out.

Many expect John Tavares to sign an extension once the deal for a new home is solidified.




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