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 Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The announcement was made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Saturday, Feb. 29.
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.
It was also announced that 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 went on sale after the announcement.
"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," 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."
In December 2017, Cuomo announced that the Islanders would build the new arena at Belmont Park.
Islanders fans can reserve tickets for potential 2019-2020 home playoff games and purchase tickets for 2020-21 home games at the Coliseum here.
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