Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, operator of the Barclays Center and the renovated Nassau Coliseum, is planning to make a pitch to bring the Islanders back to Long Island, according to a Newsday report.
BS&E will add seats and other adjustments to the Coliseum to help facilitate a return as well as ease any potential concerns the Islanders may have, according to the report. Kevin Law, president and chief executive of the Long Island Association, said he met with officials from the state and County, BS&E and Islanders ownership over the last two months.
“What I just learned very recently is that BSE will be offering a plan to the Islanders to move them back to the Coliseum,” Law told Newsday. The pitch will be made to Islanders’ owners Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin when they begin renegotiations of the team’s lease with Barclays Center in the near future.
The Islanders and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment declined to comment to Newsday.
The report comes after TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported on Twitter earlier in the day that signs were point towards the Islanders trying build an arena of their own near Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Islanders have been rumored to have had talks with Mets ownership and a sports arena development company about building at the Belmont site.
The Nassau Coliseum re-opened on April 5 with a concert by Billy Joel, though the arena has been marred by minor hiccups during its opening events. The renovated Coliseum seats 13,900 fans for hockey and has 11 renovated suits.