Bye, bye, Brooklyn.
Hi there, Belmont.
The New York Islanders made their homecoming official Wednesday, saying a cope with the state to pay for a brand new enviornment at Belmont Raceway and face off as soon as once more in Nassau County.
“When the Islanders left, they left a gap within the coronary heart of Lengthy Island,” Gov. Cuomo mentioned Wednesday at a star-studded raceway announcement.
“Right now is a win-win-win for the neighborhood. (Belmont Park) is an asset that has been underutilized for years. It’s a giant win for the followers. This shall be extra of a full-game expertise. It’s a win for the group. They’ll have their very own enviornment — a full, 18,000-seat enviornment for the Islanders, designed by the Islanders.”
Cuomo was joined by present and former Islanders gamers together with group captain John Tavares.
The governor signed hockey pucks with a Sharpie, and posed for footage holding jerseys with Lengthy Island’s personal Billy Joel.
In line with the governor’s workplace, the $1 billion redevelopment of Belmont Park shall be privately funded by the Islanders and the Oak View Group, whose traders embrace Madison Sq. Backyard Co., owned by James Dolan, and Mets proprietor Sterling Equities, which was based by Fred Wilpon.
The Islanders can have a 49-year lease with renewal choices, valued at $40 million.
Anchoring the brand new undertaking shall be an 18,000-seat enviornment that can host different occasions, together with live shows, faculty sports activities and conferences.
The event will characteristic a full-service resort with views of the enduring racetrack, which is dwelling to the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
“For our followers, at the present time is for you,” mentioned Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky.
“You’ve been passionate supporters of the group, each on and off the ice. Right now is a large day for this franchise and also you deserve it greater than anybody else.”
Not for the reason that Islanders received the final of 4 Stanley Cups in a row in 1983 have Nassau and Suffolk county followers been so enthusiastic about their group.
Since 1972, the group had performed in Nassau Coliseum earlier than a 2015 transfer to Brooklyn’s Barclays Middle.
The Islanders hope to interrupt floor on the sector within the spring of 2018, with the constructing anticipated to open in 2020.
However keen followers might not have to attend that lengthy to see the group skate on Lengthy Island ice.
Cuomo has requested NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to permit the Islanders to play some dwelling video games at Nassau Coliseum till the brand new web site at Belmont is accomplished.