The opening of the UBS Arena, scheduled for October 2021, will allow the New York Islanders to enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and attract more free agents in the future, according to several former players of the club who attended the installation of the last beam of the amphitheater on Friday.
The Islanders’ new home, located at Belmont Park, will allow the club to compete on a level playing field with the Rangers and Madison Square Garden, a few miles away.
“I think it really helps the Islanders get to a level where we can compete in facilities. The most famous arena in the world is Madison Square Garden, right? ”John Tonelli, four-time Stanley Cup champion with the team, told the official National Hockey League website ( NHL).
“This building is phenomenal and does the job on its own, but now as an Islander I can be proud to say that we are going to have a building like this soon. It’s a dream come true. It is very close. Before you even know it we’ll walk [dans l’amphithéâtre]. It will truly be a dream come true. ”
Lots of positive
The club’s general manager, Lou Lamoriello, could be one of the main beneficiaries of this new arena, since he will now have new arguments when negotiating with the players.
“It’s an exciting time for the Islanders with [l’USB Arena], he said. It will simply be exceptional facilities. Our players are delighted. ”
By the time they move in just under a year, the Islanders will play their home games at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. The Islanders played there from 1972 to 2015 before moving to the Braclays Center in Brooklyn. Since 2018, the team has used both arenas, but Brooklyn will be permanently sidelined in 2020-21.