Construction on new Islanders arena halted due to COVID-19

A rendering of the new arena for the New York Islanders at Belmont Park. (New York Islanders website)

Construction work at Belmont Park for the New York Islanders‘ new stadium has been stopped as a part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the team confirmed Friday.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that all “non-essential construction work will be stopped,” with a focus on building four new hospitals in the New York City area to be prioritized instead. There is no specific time frame associated with the non-essential stoppage at this time.

“We support Governor Cuomo’s efforts to eliminate the COVID-19 virus. He has been the driving force behind the construction of Belmont Park Arena,” Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “The progress that has been made since the groundbreaking is truly incredible and is a credit to all of the construction workers that have been there every day. Those workers are all a part of our community and we want them safe and healthy.”

Since the 2018-19 season, the Islanders have split their home games between Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center. Their new arena, Belmont Park Arena, is expected to be completed in 2021.

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