With Governor Andrew Cuomo and other dignitaries on hand, the Islanders officially broke ground on their new arena in Belmont Park on Monday afternoon.
It was also announced that the Isles will play 28 games at Nassau Coliseum this season -- seven more than originally planned.
"The Islanders belong on Long Island - and today we start building the state-of-the-art home this team and their fans deserve while generating thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity for the region's economy," Governor Cuomo said. "With seven more Islanders games at the Coliseum this season, fans will have even more opportunities to see their favorite team and generate momentum for the move to their new home in two years. At the end of the day this project is about building on two great Long Island traditions - Belmont Park and the Islanders - and making them greater than ever."
"The construction of the new arena at Belmont Park will redevelop the home of The Islanders, support more games and events, and increase visitors to the region," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This significant project will establish Belmont Park as a sports destination and will create thousands of jobs and boost economic activity on Long Island."
Jon Ledecky, New York Islanders Co-Owner, said, "We celebrate this historic day with our loyal fans and thank Governor Cuomo, who has championed the Belmont Park Arena project from the start. The Islanders also thank the elected officials and our community for their support in helping reach this franchise milestone."
Ledecky said in March that there was no concern when it came to the Isles' new home in Belmont Park, which they hope to be in by the time the 2021-22 season begins.
"Everything is moving forward on schedule," he told The New York Post at the time.
The Islanders were given permission for a new arena in Belmont Park in December 2017 but had received some pushback, most notably from citizens who live in nearby Elmont and Floral Park, who were leading protests against the project.
The Islanders split their home games between Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale last season season after spending the previous three seasons solely in Brooklyn.