The New York Islanders had been attempting to secure a new arena for quite a few years, and now the team is getting the new venue they had hoped and waited for. But it won't be in Long Island.
The team is moving about 30 miles away to Brooklyn and will call the Barclays Center--the Brooklyn Nets' arena--home in 2015 after their current contract expires with Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Islanders are expected to give a formal announcement today at 12:00 CT in which team owner Charles Wang, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz will all be in attendance for.
Updated, 12:30 p.m.: At the team's press conference, Wang confirmed the team has a 25-year agreement to play at Barclays. The team's name and logo will not be changed once they moved.