Governor Cuomo Breaks Ground on New Belmont Park Arena

September 23, 2019

New York Islanders Agree to Play 28 Games At Nassau Coliseum This Season - 7 More Than Previously Planned

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

Updated Project Renderings are Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today joined the New York Islanders, National Hockey League Commissioner GaryBettman, 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.

"The Islanders belong on Long Island — and today we start building the state-of-the-art home this team and their fans deserve while generating thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity for the region's economy," Governor Cuomo said. "With seven more Islanders games at the Coliseum this season, fans will have even more opportunities to see their favorite team and generate momentum for the move to their new home in two years. At the end of the day this project is about building on two great Long Island traditions - Belmont Park and the Islanders - and making them greater than ever."

"The construction of the new arena at Belmont Park will redevelop the home of The Islanders, support more games and events, and increase visitors to the region," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This significant project will establish Belmont Park as a sports destination and will create thousands of jobs and boost economic activity on Long Island." 

Read the full press release here.