New York Islanders

Where do the New York Islanders really intend to play their home games?

Is Barclays Center really the longterm home of the New York Islanders, as co-owner Jon Ledecky suggests?

Ledecky, in a meet-and-greet luncheon with the media and other guests, promised that the new ownership is committed to making it work in Brooklyn. However, two recent reports seem to suggest otherwise.

Bloomberg Sports writer Scott Soshnick reported Thursday that the team has been in talks with Jeff and Fred Wilpon, owners of the New York Mets, about building a stadium adjacent to Citi Field in Queens.

“Willets Point is emerging as a persuasive alternative to the team’s current home at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center if the Islanders’s owners and arena officials can’t agree on a series of hockey-specific improvements, said the people, who asked for anonymity because the negotiations are private,” Soshnick penned.

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Newsday writers Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach reported Friday that the team has also spoken to state officials about building a hockey arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, a 15-minute drive to Nassau Coliseum, the old Isles stadium.

“NYRA is courting the Islanders,” one source told Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach of Newsday. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the Islanders back home.”

While it’s far too early to get excited over these murmurs, it’s intriguing that the new ownership is “weighing multiple options.”

Just a week ago, the Isles were seemingly content will their current home. Now, it’s questionable what their intentions really are.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. LOL Quoting Botta who has no credibility means you have no credibility. This being the same Botta who said the Lighthouse project would get built before Barclays and the coliseum referendum was a “slam dunk” to pass. Both wrong.

    This is nothing more than leverage for NYI owners to get more control/money of Barclays lease and maybe get some improvements/renovations to Barclays arena.

    Nothing to see here.

    • No, no, no. I brought in Botta’s tweet not to reaffirm anything I said, but to provide an opinion. It just happened to be Botta’s. I wasn’t quoting him as an end-all of sorts, just providing an additional opinion.