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Islanders Beginning New Journey at UBS Arena

Bettman: "It's fair to say this franchise has never been in better shape. The future has never been brighter"

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

A new era in New York Islanders history began on Friday, with the ceremonial ribbon cutting at UBS Arena. 

The physical ribbon cutting was a quick process, with Islanders Co-Owner Jon Ledecky, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul and countless others standing in the Great Hall with scissors in hand, but the path to get there was anything but. 

In a sense, the ribbon was playing the role of finishing line and starting point, the end of the Islanders' search for a new and permanent home - and the start of a bright future. 

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Islanders 2021-22 Inaugural Season Patch Revealed

This patch will be worn by the Islanders celebrating and commemorating the first season at UBS Arena

by New York Islanders @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

Call it another patch in the quilt that is UBS Arena. 

The Islanders unveiled the team's patch which will celebrate and commemorate the first season at UBS Arena. Like the arena, it looks great. Check out more inaugural season gear here.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Introducing the 2021-22 Inaugural season patch The patch will be worn by the #Isles celebrating and commemorating our 1st season at @UBSArena at Belmont Park. Get your inaugural season gear now: https://t.co/EFnt1rTNw1 pic.twitter.com/fxmhEmyXCF

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Islanders Get First Look at UBS Arena During First Practice

The excitement is building ahead of Saturday's home opener vs the Calgary Flames

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

As the New York Islanders filed onto the ice for their first practice at UBS Arena on Thursday, a voice from one of the construction workers in the stands bellowed out. 

"Welcome home!" 

The hearty call was both a welcome back from a 13-game road trip and a welcome to your new digs, as the Islanders finally got eyes of their long-awaited state-of-the-art new arena. The only way captain Anders Lee could describe walking in: surreal.

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Elmont LIRR Station Offers Fans Options to Arrive at UBS Arena

New LIRR station gives Islanders fans efficient and environmentally friendly transportation to new arena

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Next stop, Elmont! 

The (rail) road to UBS Arena hit another milestone on Tuesday, with the ceremonial opening of the Elmont LIRR station - the first new LIRR station built in nearly 50 years.

The station, which is located between the Queens Village and Bellerose LIRR stops, will provide New York Islanders fans with a quick and reliable mass transportation option to UBS Arena, and an alternative to driving to games. 

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Offside Tavern Coming to UBS Arena

Beloved Islanders-themed bar reopening at UBS Arena

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

After reviewing the play, it was determined the Tavern at UBS Arena, was Offside. 

That's right, Offside Tavern, the beloved New York Islanders-themed bar, will be one of the watering holes at UBS Arena, the team announced on Tuesday.  

"It's insane, it's surreal, it's bizarre, it's wonderful, all in good ways," said Nick Costa, the owner of the original Offside Tavern. "It's just awesome. I never would have imagined to have the business that I created survive in this way."

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UBS Arena Logo Painted on Roof of Building

The UBS Arena logo was painted on the roof of the Islanders new arena

by New York Islanders @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

UBS Arena is already a work of art, but until recently, the roof of the building was a blank canvas. 

Crews painted the UBS Arena logo on the top of the building, marking another milestone in the building's construction.

Check out the view from the clouds in the photo above and watch the crew make their masterpiece.

Tweet from @UBSArena: You might see something new on our roof as you fly into New York 🛬 Thanks to our rockstar crew and our partner @UBS. November is just around the corner! pic.twitter.com/uFhH5EBMdC

Learn more about the arena here!

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Delaware North Selected as Hospitality Partner for UBS Arena

The New York Metro area venue's fan first approach includes market style concessions, cutting edge frictionless payment technology

by New York Islanders PR @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

UBS Arena, the metropolitan area's most anticipated live entertainment venue and future home of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, has selected global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North to manage food and beverage services at the venue, which opens this fall. 

Developed in partnership with Oak View Group, the New York Islanders and Jeff Wilpon - UBS Arena, located on the border of Queens and Long Island in Belmont Park, will be a state of the art venue that hosts more than 150 sports and entertainment events each year, including the NHL's Islanders, live music and entertainment from a roster of world class artists, and local community events. UBS Arena will offer the highest end amenities and customer service, across concessions and through VIP suites and clubs that merge boutique hospitality with a live entertainment setting.

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PHOTOS: UBS Arena Signage Installed on Center-Hung Scoreboard

The UBS Arena signage is being installed on center-hung scoreboard

by Kathryn Howell @KathrynHowell__ / NewYorkIslanders.com

This past week, the signage on the UBS Arena center-hung scoreboard was installed as the building gets one step closer to Islanders hockey!

Tweet from @NYIslanders: We can't wait to see this beauty! 🤩This past week, the signage on the @UBSArena center-hung scoreboard was installed as we get one step closer to #Isles hockey at our future home. pic.twitter.com/LoNUB7Sv8B

See photos from Ryan Pulock's recent visit to UBS Arena. Follow @UBSArena on Twitter. Learn more about UBS Arena.

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Gary Bettman Gives Seal of Approval to UBS Arena

The NHL Commissioner toured the arena bowl, club level and team campus during a site visit

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Breathtaking.

That's how NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman described the exterior of UBS Arena while he was driving on the Cross Island Parkway on Wednesday morning. 

It is impossible to miss UBS Arena when driving by Belmont Park, with the brick façade and timeless architecture edging up against the historic racetrack. As impressive as is the arena's exterior, the inside is what counts for hockey - and Bettman was very pleased with what he saw during a first-hand look at the arena's interior on Wednesday. 

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Dime Community Bank Scores New York Islanders & UBS Arena Partnership

Dime Community Bank Named Official Retail and Commercial Bank of the New York Islanders and UBS Arena

by New York Islanders PR @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

Dime Community Bank announced today that it has reached an agreement to become the official retail and commercial bank of the New York Islanders and the new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, the New York metropolitan area's most anticipated new live entertainment venue. Dime has also been named a founding partner of UBS Arena, the cutting edge live entertainment and sports venue, scheduled to open in the fall.

Dime has become one of Greater Long Island's largest community banks since its merger earlier this year with BNB Bank. Dime has $13 billion in assets and more than 60 branches from Montauk to Manhattan. The partnership with UBS Arena gives the Bank a high profile foothold at a location central to its New York City / Long Island network. 

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