17 October 2009
What exactly would relocation mean for the Islanders?
Charles Wang, Islanders owner and president of the Lighthouse Development Group, has started to explore options for the New York Islanders, including relocation if the Lighthouse Project gets the thumbs down from the Town of Hempstead.
If you've had your head under a rock since 2004, or you dont follow islander news, the Lighthouse project is the transformation of the Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding parking lot into a "modern 24/7 suburban center". The LDG has been at an impasse with the town about getting this project through, and it seems as if people like Supervisor Murray are trying to metaphorically "kill" the lighthouse. If she succeeds, in 2016; Charles Wang, and the Islanders organization, will pack their bags and leave. You are dead wrong if you think the islanders want to play in the dumpy coliseum a second longer than they have to.
And if the islanders leave, the Nassau Coliseum, and the rotting, grass-infested parking lot surrounding it, will become an empty wasteland. They would never sell out a concert, ice show, or public event again. Every time you are driving on the Hempstead Turnpike, you'll look to the side, and see the antiquated coliseum, and let out a nostalgic sigh, and keep driving, you'll remember the team that once played there and the dream we let slip away.
"Option #1," Queens Chamber Of Commerce's Exec. VP told Newsday, "should be Queens".
A state-of-the-art Islanders arena, adjacent to Citi Field, sure sounds like a great idea, why?
In Philadelphia, they have a sports complex (above) that houses all their teams, The Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, The Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, The Flyers at Wachovia Center, and the Phantoms of the AHL at the Wachovia Spectrum. For New Yorkers, having the Mets and Islanders, within such proximity to each other, would make all of our lives much easier. Not to mention access to the LIRR, the 7 subway, and major highways. This would bring tons of revenue for the city (having the islaners) and greatly help in the redevelopment of the Willets Point neighborhood. In my opinion, a move to NYC would be much better than a move to KC.
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