With the Rangers moving into a new arena on the East Coast, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday the team will move to the new Nassau Coliseum in Brooklyn.
The team will also move to a new Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will use a $5 million loan from the city to pay for a new stadium on Staten Island, according to a team statement.
The move will open up the NHL to the same challenges as the league has faced in the past, Bettman said.
“The league has been in New York for almost a century, and we’ve had a long, successful relationship with the city and the boroughs,” Bettman told reporters at the announcement.
New York City and the Nassau County Coliseum Authority announced the new lease extension in December. “
And that’s what we’re going to look at.”
New York City and the Nassau County Coliseum Authority announced the new lease extension in December.
The Nassau stadium is being renovated by developer R.J. Fisher Construction and will host games in 2019.
The new arena will seat 2,100 people, with the seats being filled by Barclays Center’s 400 seats.
The Islanders, the biggest tenant at the Nassae arena, have also announced they are moving to the Coliseum in 2019, when they’ll be able to host their games there.
The New York Islanders will be moving to Barclays Center for the 2019-20 season.
(Photo: David Butler, AP)The Islanders will play their first game in the new arena in 2019-2020, but it won’t be in Brooklyn because the arena is slated to be demolished in 2018, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The arena was built to hold 20,000 people and is a landmark in New Jersey.
“When we announced we were moving, we were talking about it being a new building in Queens, and then we went to Brooklyn, and now it’s a new site,” Bettmans spokesman Dave Hakstol told USA Today Sports.
“I think the Islanders have always had a strong connection to Brooklyn.”
The arena will be the first new arena built in the Atlantic Division, which includes the Rangers, Sabres and Islanders.
The Rangers and Islanders have not yet signed an agreement to play in the newly-renovated arena, which is expected to open in 2019 or 2020.
The NHL will also begin its first season in New London, Connecticut, a year later than originally planned.
Bettman also said the NHL will add another 20 teams by 2025.
In an interview with NBC Sports Network’s “Today” show on Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmann said the new team will be called the New York Rangers.
(Read more: ‘We will have a team in Brooklyn’: Bettman on relocation of NHL)”We’re going forward with the Nassagetas, because they’re the closest to New York.
But it will be a new team in the Northeast,” Bettmann told NBC Sports’ “Today.”
“And the Barclays Center will be renovated by R.R. Fisher, which has been building arenas in New Orleans and Detroit for a long time.”
The Islanders and Islanders share a new name, the Brooklyn Nets, because of the city’s history.
Bettmans plan to have an NHL franchise in the city was first announced in July 2015.
The league is now hoping to move into the new Brooklyn arena in 2020, but that timeline is dependent on a long-term lease agreement.
Bettmann did not address the NHL’s future with the New Jersey Devils or New York Jets, who were among the teams the league declined to renew the teams’ current contracts in March 2017.
The Devils, Jets and Sabres all have the option to remain with the NHL.
The expansion draft also has not been set for 2019.
Bettson said the league was “looking for a short period of time, maybe six months, to come up with a new plan” for the expansion draft.
Bettmen said he expects the league will make its final decision on the expansion of the league in 2020.
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