Rangers, Mets Owners Look To Invest In New Islanders Stadium On Long Island
Barclays Center executives have decided hosting the New York Islanders hockey team is no longer worth it, and now owners of two other New York sports franchises are looking to help out.
A group of investors that includes New York Rangers and Knicks owner James Dolan and The Wilpon family, which owns the New York Mets, is proposing to build a new stadium for the hockey team, Bloomberg reports.
The investors are looking at a site in Elmont, 19 miles east of Manhattan and just outside of Queens. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reportedly been involved in the discussions and would like to attach infrastructure improvements to the project.
The Islanders left Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for Barclays in time for the 2015-2016 season, but attendance at the team's Brooklyn games has fallen to second-worst in the NHL.