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Islanders beat soccer club in Belmont Park shootout

20 December 2017, 12:46 | Susie Olson

Islanders beat soccer club in Belmont Park shootout

The Islanders thank their fans after the final game of the 2016-17 regular season at Barclays Center

For the Islanders, a new arena at Belmont Park would replace the team's current home, Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Plan A includes an 18,000-seat arena that would hold 150 events annually, which would include concerts and other special events besides National Hockey League games. They include an 18,000 seat arena, 435,000 square feet of retail space, a 250 room hotel, a year-round LIRR station and a to-be-determined innovation center. In July, the agency announced another request for proposal process for the site, saying a successful bidder will have to show its plans will "maximize" economic benefits to the state, create "premier destinations" for entertainment, retail and sports "with uses that are complementary to the existing Belmont Park racetrack".

Proposals were submitted to Empire State Development, the state's primary business development agency, before its September 28 deadline. Islanders owner Jonathan Ledecky didn't immediately return a text message seeking comment.

Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky has said the team will continue to play at Barclays Center through next season as they are contractually obligated to do.

Despite efforts to develop a fresh fan base a short subway ride from Madison Square Garden and the rival Rangers, it has become increasingly clear the Islanders remain a predominantly Long Island team. The move was met with immediate resistance from Islanders fans, as the arena wasn't built for hockey - hundreds of seats had obstructed views of the ice, and the scoreboard above the rink was off-center.

The New York Islanders are coming home to Long Island.

The Islanders left Nassau Coliseum in 2015 to play home games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The Islanders battled the New York City FC soccer team for the spot. Wang said the team was losing tens of millions of dollars annually at the Coliseum, which is also owned by Barclays owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The franchise has not exactly been enthralled with the arena, and it is set to opt out of its lease agreement with the arena in January.

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