NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s Belmont or bust.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated Thursday that New York Islanders are laser targeted on constructing an area close to Belmont Park and don’t have a Plan B to talk of.
Speaking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, Bettman stated Islanders proprietor Scott Malkin is awaiting the outcomes of the state’s request for proposal (RFP), for which the franchise submitted a bid in September, to redevelop 36 acres close to the border of New York Metropolis and Nassau County.
“Scott is dedicated to getting a brand new area,” Bettman stated. “He believes, as do I, that Belmont is the right location.”
When requested if there was a fallback plan, Bettman indicated there actually was none right now. He stated the Islanders can’t stay on the Brooklyn’s Barclays Middle lengthy-time period and returning to Nassau Coliseum isn’t an choice.
“That is it,” he stated of the Belmont location. “And we consider this can work, and our hope is that the RFP goes by way of, that the Islanders — Scott Malkin, Jon Ledecky — are granted the rights to construct the constructing.
“They’ll in all probability construct it within the (17,500 seating capability) vary, which is ideal for hockey. It’ll be designed for a hockey workforce. It’ll even be a venue, I consider, (for) live shows and basketball. And it’ll be nice for Lengthy Island.”
The commissioner stated the world could possibly be inbuilt lower than three years and he would anticipate the Islanders to stay at Barclays till then.
Bettman added that Islanders followers shouldn’t worry the workforce leaving the world.
“Scott Malkin purchased the workforce to have the workforce in New York,” he stated. “He didn’t purchase the staff to have it anyplace else.”
The Islanders moved from Nassau Coliseum to Barclays earlier than the 2015-sixteen season, however Barclays officers have reportedly concluded the venue can be higher off financially with out the group, leaving the NHL franchise scrambling to discover a new residence.
This season, the Islanders are averaging simply eleven,674 followers per recreation, which ranks thirtieth out of 31 groups.
To take heed to Francesa’s interview with Bettman, through which the commissioner additionally discusses the Vegas Golden Knights’ immediate success, new know-how within the sport and extra, click on on the audio participant above.