Fans wait outside UBS Arena for the first New York Islanders NHL hockey game, against the Calgary Flames, on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Elmont, N.Y. After a three-decades-long saga to have their own home in the metropolitan area, the New York Islanders celebrated the official opening of UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. “This is a historic day for the New York Islanders organization,” said team co-owner Jon Ledecky. The atmosphere at the event, held a day before the Islanders’ opening games over the weekend against Calgary and Toronto, was jubilant. For the fans of the NHL club, after 30 years of team ownership follies, a failed voter referendum, political battles, threats to move to other markets like Kansas City, and a brief stay for the team in Brooklyn, it was a day some wondered they’d ever see. And when the time finally arrived, UBS […]
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