Newsday: Plan to keep Islanders on Long Island for limited home games unprecedented

One developer hopes to keep the Islanders playing at the Nassau Coliseum even after they move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Developer Bruce Ratner wants the

The Islanders would play six home games at the Nassau Coliseum under developer Bruce Ratner's plan.

The Islanders would play six home games at the Nassau Coliseum under developer Bruce Ratner's plan. (5/18/13)

UNIONDALE - One developer hopes to keep the Islanders playing at the Nassau Coliseum even after they move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Developer Bruce Ratner wants the Islanders to play six regular season games at the Coliseum, along with some preseason games. A Newsday source says that the plan is unprecedented.

"No one has ever requested a team to be allowed to play regular-season games in a second arena in a market where another team has clear territorial rights," the source said.

The New York Rangers, who settled in the New York City area before the Islanders were created, have those territorial rights, but did not exercise them when the Islanders entered the league in 1972, or when they decided to move to the Barclays Center last year.

The game combination is a key component in Ratner's $229 million bid to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say they found a man dead inside 1 Police: Man found dead inside Farmingville home
The unidentified body was discovered near Seaview and 2 Police: Body of young man found in Massapequa Preserve
Detectives say Jeffrey Plummer fired at least 3 Police ID suspect sought for opening fire outside Coram home
Long Island Boat Show being held at Grumman 4 LI's largest boat show this weekend in Bethpage
Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, right, 5 House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The Islanders were just 5:16 away from sending Penguins defeat Islanders 4-3 in OT of Game 6

Islanders eliminated from playoffs after losing to Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime of Game 6

New York was eliminated at home in Game Islanders pack it up after postseason berth

Nassau Coliseum has gone quiet after the Islanders' raucous playoff series against the Penguins. New

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE