Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Islanders will return to Long Island full-time one year ahead of schedule, with all home games during the upcoming 2020-21 season played at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. Additionally, the Islanders will play any home playoff games this season and next season at the Coliseum. The team is able to play at the Coliseum as a result of $6 million in state-funded upgrades to the building’s infrastructure. Tickets for potential 2019-20 home playoff games and 2020-21 regular season games at the Coliseum will go on sale starting today. This announcement comes as construction on the Islanders’ new permanent home at Belmont Park continues to move forward, with the team’s arena on track for completion for the 2021-22 NHL season.
“The Islanders have always been Long Island’s team, and I’m proud to announce this iconic sports franchise will be coming home for good – one year ahead of schedule,” Governor Cuomo said.“This long-awaited homecoming will bring the Islanders back to their passionate fan base while generating energy and excitement from Long Islanders for the new Belmont Park Arena opening next year.”