Islanders’ plan for potential Belmont Park arena unveiled at hearing

Pedestrians pass the Barclays Center before an NHL game. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Islanders revealed what a potential new arena at Belmont Park would look like, unveiling their plans for the redevelopment at a public presentation on Sunday.

Specifically, the Islanders are looking to create more than just an 18,000-seat arena — the revamped site would also include a hotel, a retail village and an entertainment plaza, according to the New York Post.

A representative from Populous, the design firm in charge of the Islanders’ new proposal, stressed the fact that the potential new arena would correct many of the issues that drove a wedge between the public and the Islanders’ current home in Brooklyn.

“A couple of elements that’ll make this a great, special hockey venue will be the enhanced sightlines which are dedicated around an NHL ice sheet,” the representative said, according to a video of the presentation posted by Newsday’s Jim Baumbach. “And it will also be equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, like ice-sheet systems.”

The Islanders remain at Barclays Center for now — their third season there — but remain focused on getting a new rink built at Belmont Racetrack in Nassau County, seemingly a necessity given the numerous issues that have come up during their time in Brooklyn.

But the Islanders have some stiff competition for the Belmont Park site.

Also presenting a plan to the public on Sunday was MLS’ New York City FC, who proposed a 26,000-seat stadium alongside retail space, a community park, and a soccer facility.

An audience member asked the representatives if the Islanders and New York City FC could build a joint facility, according to Newsday, but both sides reportedly said that would not be feasible.

The Islanders’ lease with Barclays Center carries a January deadline, meaning the club can choose to move on from Brooklyn as early as 2018-19.

Both the NHL club and the rival MLS team have submitted their plans to Empire State Development Corp., which will choose which organization gets to move forward with its proposal.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.