This narrative has been chronicled for a very long time. But finally, the Islanders are home. The history between arena problems and the team started back in 2004 when the Lighthouse Project was established. The Lighthouse Project was created to help renovate the third oldest arena in the Nation Hockey League, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. … Continue reading Destination Belmont Park
As Islanders fans, we know what it feels like to have our home ripped away. Nassau Coliseum, the birthplace of this franchise and a hockey holyland, was abandoned by the Islanders in favor of Barclays Center in 2015. Although they eventually returned to Nassau, those three seasons in Brooklyn were a dark time for a … Continue reading Will Belmont Park Be Able to Replace the Atmosphere of Nassau Coliseum?
After splitting the regular season and the postseason at Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum, one fact is evident for the Islanders. They need their own arena. Brett Yorkmak, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum was once quoted by stating that the Islanders are a "rent-a-team" and that they "never embraced … Continue reading Back to the Arena Debate: The Islanders Need Belmont Park
The Islanders never had the largest fanbase. Nevertheless, at least from what I've seen throughout the years I've supported this team, we tend to be a very passionate one. Sometimes, that passion leads us to say things that may be overly drastic and uncalled for. The late Charles Wang owned the Islanders during some of … Continue reading The Late Charles Wang Leaves Behind an Important Legacy in Isles’ History
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Norman Siegel. Siegel is the lawyer representing the Belmont Park Community Coalition. This coalition is fighting to prevent the construction of Belmont Arena, the future home of the New York Islanders. They are the leading group against the proposed arena. Mr. Siegel was hired onto this case as … Continue reading Belmont Arena Lawyer Norman Siegel Interview
Previously I had written that an arena at Belmont Park would not happen, and my post was immediately hit with criticism from Islander fans saying I was wrong. To further educate myself on the potential arena, I was invited to the Belmont Park Q and A session at Elmont Public Library on April 24th. Going into … Continue reading I Have No Faith In Belmont
I am fully aware that the Belmont Park arena proposal has been announced already by Jon Ledecky and Islanders management. I am fully aware that the arena is backed by some of the important people in New York sports (Governor Cuomo, the Wilpon family, James Dolan, and the Islanders). But I still think that this … Continue reading Belmont Will Not Happen