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Isles Alumni Excited for Belmont Park Arena

Denis Potvin calls it a win for Long Island: "It's going to be a great building, we know that."

by David Silverman NYIslanders /

Bryan Trottier was the first one to point it out, but the date of the New York Islanders groundbreaking at Belmont Park was a good omen - at least in alumni eyes. 

The date - 9/23/19 - contained auspicious numbers for the Islanders, as most - fans will recognize - they represent the retired numbers of Clark Gillies (9), Bobby Nystrom (23) and Trottier (19). Hockey players are a notoriously superstitious bunch, but the good vibes the alumni shared as they toured the site of the new arena during alumni weekend came from much more than the coincidence. 

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Isles Fans Dig Belmont Party

Islanders Season Ticket Members celebrated the new Belmont Park Arena with a party at the construction site

by Cory Wright WrightsWay /

It's not often that a 15-foot pile of dirt is the life of the party, but that was the case on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park.

Islanders season ticket members lined up to shovel a little piece of history - scooping the excavated ground of the Isles future arena into commemorative glass jars. It's less about the physical brown dirt and more about what it symbolizes, the first tangible piece of the Islanders permanent home. 

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Islanders and Fans Celebrate Certainty at Belmont Park Arena

After years of uncertainty, the Islanders put the shovel in the ground of their future home on Monday.

by Cory Wright WrightsWay /

Shovel, meet ground. 

Against the backdrop of backhoes and bulldozers, the New York Islanders and New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo officially announced the groundbreaking for the team's new arena at Belmont Park.

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PHOTOS: Belmont Park Arena Groundbreaking

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Islanders broke ground on the Belmont Park Arena

by New York Islanders NYIslanders /

The New York Islanders and New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held an official groundbreaking of the Isles new arena at Belmont Park. See below for pictures from the event. Read the full release here. See renderings, a live cam and key facts about the building here and follow @NYIslanders for all the latest news from groundbreaking to opening night in 2021-22.

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Governor Cuomo Breaks Ground on New Belmont Park Arena

Construction Will Create 10,000 Jobs and Generate $2.7 Billion in Economic Activity

by New York State Press Office NYIslanders /

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today joined the New York Islanders, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, local leaders and hockey fans to break ground on the New York Islanders' new arena at Belmont Park, the centerpiece of the $1.3 billion Belmont Park Redevelopment. In addition, Governor Cuomo announced the team has agreed to play 28 regular season games at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum during the 2019-2020 season, seven more than previously planned. These announcements further the Governor's efforts to turn Belmont Park into a premier sports and hospitality destination that bolsters Long Island's economy. 

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Belmont Park Arena Receives ESD Approval

The Environmental Impact Statement for the Belmont Park Arena was approved by Empire State Development on Thursday

by New York Islanders NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Today marks an historic occasion for the New York Islanders and our amazing fans. The Empire State Development (ESD) Board approval has been granted for the Belmont Park Arena Environmental Impact Statement. We are on schedule to have our new home open for the 2021-22 season!

This is the moment to become a Season Ticket Member. Members receive guaranteed priority for games and events at Belmont Park Arena. 

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Elmont Train Station

New LIRR station announced in Belmont Park

by New York State Press Office

Releases New Analysis Showing Belmont Redevelopment Will Generate $725 Million in Annual Economic Output and Nearly $50 Million in New Public Revenue

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the transformational $1.26 billion Belmont Park Redevelopment Project will benefit from a full-time Long Island Rail Road train station, the first full-time LIRR station in nearly 50 years, helping mitigate traffic concerns and providing a new amenity to the Elmont community. In addition, Governor Cuomo released an analysis of the project's economic impact, which found the new arena, hotel and retail village will generate nearly $50 million in new public revenue per year and produce $725 million in annual economic output.

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