New York Islanders Heading Back To Long Island

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According to Jim Baumbach, there will be a decision announced tomorrow at the racetrack.

It's hardly the Dodgers going to Los Angeles, but another major sports franchise is leaving Brooklyn. The Belmont Park site has been believed to offer a few advantages for the Islanders, including a more accessible location to the team's Long Island fan base and enough room for surrounding development.

The Islanders and their partners-Oak View Group and Sterling Project Development-responded to a request for proposal (RFP) in September by turning in a bid for a new arena.

"We're just beyond happy", said Claire Harding, president of the Islanders booster club following an announcement at the track that plays host to horse racing's Triple Crown each June.

Jon Ledecky, along with his partner, Scott Malkin, did nearly the impossible, deliver Nassau County and more importantly, the Islanders fans, a new arena that will finally put an end to all of the off the ice talk that has plagued this team for years. No date was given for when the new arena will open.

The National Hockey League team beat out a bid from the New York City FC soccer team, which envisioned building a stadium on the site. Saying the Islanders should move to Nassau Coliseum, while the Belmont arena is being built.

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"Growing up in Queens, I can't be more excited that the New York Islanders will have a new address, here in the 11003 zip code, Elmont, NY", Ledecky said.

The move back to Long Island was music to the ears of captain John Tavares.

"We have no Plan B", Ledecky said earlier this month.

Officials stopping short of confirming it but said it will create jobs and contribute to economic development while benefiting all taxpayers.

Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran, a Democrat who takes office January 1, said she was "excited to finally welcome the Islanders home to Nassau County, and I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo for helping make that possible". The state also solicited bids to develop the land in 2012 but wound up scrapping all proposals a year ago.

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