The New York Islanders are a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of two ice hockey teams in New York City and one of three in the tri-state area. New Yorkers have to choose between their hometown teams, but the Rangers are considered THE team in the area.
NY Islanders Schedule
If you are looking to see great hockey and a wild game atmosphere, then head to an Islanders game at the UBS Stadium in Belmont/NY. The NHL usually runs a similar schedule to the NBA. They play from fall all the way to the beginning of spring (October-April). If the teams make the playoffs and have a great run to the Stanley Cups, the extended season can go up until June.
New York Islanders Stadium
The Islanders played in one of only three stadiums in the NHL that have not sold the rights to their name, Nassau Coliseum. Then in 2015, they started to play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (the same stadium where the Brooklyn Nets play). They are now at UBS Arena (UBS Arena, 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003) since the 2021/22 season.
How do you get to the stadium?
You can reach UBS Arena from Manhattan in about 1.5 hours. First take the subway line F to the station “Parsons Blvd”. From there, take bus line Q110 to the stadium (bus stop: Belmont Park Racetrack/UBS Arena). The trip takes 26 minutes – here you can find the Google Maps with the tour. You can’t miss the stadium – you can just follow the many fans of the New York Islanders, who all want to go to the game.
When should you arrive at the stadium?
I recommend you get to the stadium one hour before the game start. This will allow you to avoid the long wait lines that build right before the game and will also give you a chance to check out the other levels of the UBS Stadion and watch the players warm-up.
More About the New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are one of three NHL teams that have made their home in the New York metropolitan area. Their glory days were during the 1980s, but the fans and the atmosphere at the games have lost none of their cluster. The New York Rangers are their main rivals. This makes sense obviously because they’re trying to win the heart of New York. The current record f0r the Islanders against the Rangers is 130–116–19–9 (wins-losses-overtime losses-ties) with the New York Rangers leading the series.
New York Islanders History and Successes
The New York Islanders were founded in 1972 and reached the top of the rankings in short order. The team was made up of young, daring players that won just about every prize in ice hockey in the 1980s. A total of 6 division titles, 6 conference titles, and 4 Stanley Cup Championships – all in the course of only 9 years.
Up until today, the New York Islanders have not been able to repeat their former successes due to mismanagement. While they often make it to the playoffs, they are not Stanly Cup contenders. But the fans don’t really care since the atmosphere at games is always at a fever pitch. Hometown noise always gives a slight edge to the home team.
Fans & Atmosphere
New York Islanders fans have the reputation of being very loud and very enthusiastic. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be wild.
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