Long time fans of the New York Islanders are excited their team is returning (temporarily) to their original home, the Nassau Coliseum.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that beginning next season the New York Islanders will split time between Barclays Center and their old arena, Nassau Coliseum, until a new rink project at Belmont Park is completed.
The new deal is expected to last three seasons with the Islanders playing 12 home games at the renovated Coliseum next season. The team will split games between Long Island and Brooklyn through the 2020-21 NHL season.
The team will play a total or 48 preseason and regular season games during the following two seasons for a total of 60 games to be played at Nassau Coliseum during the 3 year agreement.
No word yet on where games would be played should the Islanders make the playoffs in any of the next three seasons.
There will be many upgrades to the Coliseum before the Islanders return on a short-term basis. Governor Cuomo said the state will contribute $6 million to help with the upgrade and meet NHL standards. The newly renovated Coliseum can hold 13,900 for hockey which 3,100 much less than the 17,000 before the renovations.
The Islanders played at Nassau Coliseum until 2015 and have spent the past four seasons in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.