Seattle and Islanders arena work as scheduled for 2021-2022 NHL season: report


The new NHL arenas in Seattle and the New York Islanders are still slated to open for the 2021-2022 NHL season, ESPN said on Wednesday.

The Seattle project was delayed two days in March due to concerns over the coronavirus, but was allowed to continue because it was considered an essential construction, Katie Townsend, vice president of corporate communications, told ESPN for the Seattle NHL. Work on the new Seattle Center arena, a $ 930 million project, began on January 21.

“We have not wasted any time, and at the moment there is no change to our schedule,” said Townsend. “I think it’s something where we have to have emergency plans and work on them, but we don’t anticipate that this will be a change in our schedule. “

Seattle became the 32nd NHL team on December 4, 2018 and is expected to start playing in 2021-2022.

Work on the Arena for the Islanders at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York has been on hold since March 27, as part of a halt to non-essential projects. Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week that restarting construction projects, with strict health guidelines, was part of the plan to reopen New York’s economy, ESPN said.

“The governor has given an indication that selective construction will resume within a certain time. So we’re ready to start again, ”said Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky. “… Obviously, the most important thing is that you respect social distance and make sure that the people there take care of themselves. It is still an outdoor site, so we hope we can start construction again when appropriate. “

The Islanders, who have shared home games between the Nassau Coliseum and the Barclays Center since the start of last season, led the way on September 23, 2019. Cuomo announced on February 29 that the Islanders would play all home games next season at the Coliseum.

The NHL season has been interrupted since March 12, with no resumption schedule.

@Wyshynski’s Tweet: New arenas @NYIslanders and @NHLSeattle_ are still in the process of opening for the 2021-22 NHL season despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the two teams told ESPN.


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