Report: Islanders submit arena plan for Belmont Park

New York Islanders centre John Tavares skates during the third period of game against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

The New York Islanders‘ search for a new home continues.

According to Newsday, the Islanders on Thursday “submitted a comprehensive proposal to create a world-class sports and entertainment destination at Belmont Park.” The state had requested proposals for the site, with the deadline to submit being 2:00 p.m. ET Thursday.

The Islanders will head into their third season playing out of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, a basketball-first sports arena. It is not considered an ideal fit for the NHL club and the ice conditions have been called into question on more than one occasion. The team and arena owners are currently negotiating modifications to the 25-year lease.

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According to the report, plans for the 43-acre Belmont site had to include “retail, entertainment, sports and hospitality options.”

The Empire State Development Corporation, which controls the site, declined to name all the bidders, although it is believed the New York City FC of the MLS submitted.

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