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The local government would still have to sign off on this for it to go forward, right? I thought one of the main sticking points with any Isles-related development was the near-impossibility of getting multiple levels of government on the same page.

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The local government would still have to sign off on this for it to go forward, right? I thought one of the main sticking points with any Isles-related development was the near-impossibility of getting multiple levels of government on the same page.

The main text of the press release is that those who are speaking are not really the team/ownership, rather Nassau County government officials. Here's the kicker:

After months of intense media speculation, the County Executive will also announce plans to pursue the construction of an Indian gaming casino.

I think that is how they are going to sell the public on how they plan to pay for it.

As for this being news...Yawn.

The Lighthouse Project was unveiled in 2004 at a cost of $600M. EIRs later, no financing and no project.

Wang could have done more since then, but all he has done was to threaten to move to Kansas City.

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New arena for the Islanders? Hell yeah

Casino two towns away from me? Aw Hell naw. Not to mention there is no way in hell any residents in the Town of Hempstead would ever agree to a casino like this. We're not even diving into the fact that it's the most conservative township in the state, just the casino fact alone would be a no no. Oh, and there's literally two colleges across the street from the Coliseum.

Ditch the casino, build the arena, and I think it's a home run. Oh, and I'll believe it when I see it

EDIT: Wait, I read that it would be pending a public vote on funding. Asking Nassau County residents to raise taxes? Good luck with that. And I say that as a huge Islander fan

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Pictures already leaked:

Barnegat_Lighthouse_and_parking_lot-IMG_3275_4_-757x570.jpg

Hey there goes the fan of the game, as in the only fan at the game. A typical Islander crowd.

Maybe this new arena with a lighthouse will bring back the old mascot Nyiles

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I'm happy to see the Islanders get a new building but I was hoping it would be either in Queens or Brooklyn. There's nothing in Uniondale.

Well then, they should do what Glendale did! Build an arena in an ill-advised area that takes people 45 minutes to an hour to get to, ignore the concept of public transportation, then build a bunch of bars and strip malls all around it, let people party and get drunk, then drive home and...

Oh, :censored:. Wait.

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Can someone explain to me why the Islanders can't just get in on the Barclays Center?

I never understood why not, seems like a simple solution to me.

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Can someone explain to me why the Islanders can't just get in on the Barclays Center?

I never understood why not, seems like a simple solution to me.

The Barclay's Center is going to be basketball specific, so like Key Arena in Seattle or US Airways Arena in Phoenix, it will be too small for hockey.

It's astounding that in this day and age they didn't just build the arena with hockey (as well as other things, more floor seats for concerts as an example)in mind even with no current plans to put a hockey team there. It seems incredibly short-sighted, and really, how much more would it add to construction costs?

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Can someone explain to me why the Islanders can't just get in on the Barclays Center?

I never understood why not, seems like a simple solution to me.

The Barclay's Center is going to be basketball specific, so like Key Arena in Seattle or US Airways Arena in Phoenix, it will be too small for hockey.

It's astounding that in this day and age they didn't just build the arena with hockey (as well as other things, more floor seats for concerts as an example)in mind even with no current plans to put a hockey team there. It seems incredibly short-sighted, and really, how much more would it add to construction costs?

That explains it.

It is already too late to make those adjustments?

Looking at the website it looks like they only have the steel structure partially up.

I agree with you man, how stupid do you have to be to limit your arena to one sport? talk about minimizing your opportunities for earning more.

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It's astounding that in this day and age they didn't just build the arena with hockey (as well as other things, more floor seats for concerts as an example)in mind even with no current plans to put a hockey team there. It seems incredibly short-sighted, and really, how much more would it add to construction costs?

What he said.

BTW if you guys think Nyles is creepy looking, you should have seen him when he debuted. He had really long hair that covered almost his entire head. He looked like one of the Where the Wild Things Are characters. The pic that NJTank posted was he latter revamped look. In other words they gave him a haircut.

I must say next to Al the Octopus, and Mr. Met (the baseball headed mascot of the NyMets who really should be the Cincinnati Reds mascot since they use a baseball headed man as their logo), Nyles was my favourite mascot.

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Can someone explain to me why the Islanders can't just get in on the Barclays Center?

I never understood why not, seems like a simple solution to me.

The Barclay's Center is going to be basketball specific, so like Key Arena in Seattle or US Airways Arena in Phoenix, it will be too small for hockey.

It's astounding that in this day and age they didn't just build the arena with hockey (as well as other things, more floor seats for concerts as an example)in mind even with no current plans to put a hockey team there. It seems incredibly short-sighted, and really, how much more would it add to construction costs?

The arena itself will have the capability to host hockey games but the amount of seats removed to accommodate the rink will bring seating capacity down to a level likely not acceptable to the NHL.

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Can someone explain to me why the Islanders can't just get in on the Barclays Center?

I never understood why not, seems like a simple solution to me.

The Barclay's Center is going to be basketball specific, so like Key Arena in Seattle or US Airways Arena in Phoenix, it will be too small for hockey.

It's astounding that in this day and age they didn't just build the arena with hockey (as well as other things, more floor seats for concerts as an example)in mind even with no current plans to put a hockey team there. It seems incredibly short-sighted, and really, how much more would it add to construction costs?

The arena itself will have the capability to host hockey games but the amount of seats removed to accommodate the rink will bring seating capacity down to a level likely not acceptable to the NHL.

*insert smart ass comment about the empty seats in Atlanta and Phoenix here*

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Pictures already leaked:

Barnegat_Lighthouse_and_parking_lot-IMG_3275_4_-757x570.jpg

Hey there goes the fan of the game, as in the only fan at the game. A typical Islander crowd.

Maybe this new arena with a lighthouse will bring back the old mascot Nyiles

588614719673298e08.jpg

It's the lost sixth member of Devo!

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