Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

New York Islanders moving back to Long Island

New York Islanders moving back to Long Island

That's about 4,000 less than the team's final season at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. The Islanders moved out of their previous home, the Nassau County Veterans Coliseum, in 2015, and now play in Brooklyn's Barclay's Center.

John Tavares has yet to re-sign a contract to stay with the Islanders long-term but with the future stadium news cleared up, the Isles can officially make re-signing the captain a top priority.

Five years after the announcement of a 25-year lease at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the New York Islanders are already returning home-well, not quite home, but at least back out of New York City and onto the land mass* where they began.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced that "Empire State Development" picked the New York Islanders' bid to build on the land.

However, the Islanders' situation was seemingly more dire than NYCFC's.

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"We have no Plan B", Ledecky said earlier this month. The re-developed Nassau Coliseum could be the best option. It will include a 18,000-seat, year-round arena along with 435,000 square feet for retail, a hotel and what's being called an "innovation center". That plan also includes 400,000 square feet for dining and retail as well as 5.2 acres for a community park and two acres dedicated to small soccer fields to be used by the local community.

If Barclays Center were to opt out in that scenario the Islanders would have until the start of the 2018-19 season to find a new home - something they won't have to worry about anymore. There is a Long Island Rail Road stop at Belmont Park, which most likely would need to undergo further renovation to accommodate increased usage.

But Barclays Center is not built for hockey, with complaints over poor sight lines, poor ice quality and a lack of marketing for the team.

It is unclear how the construction of an arena or stadium would impact racing at Belmont Park.

The Islanders proposal beat out another bid by New York City FC, which is a Major League Soccer team that is partially owned by the New York Yankees.

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