June 30, 2012
Things Are Quiet on the Arena Front
As we get deeper into summer and the hockey off season things are completely quiet on the arena front. For the past several weeks nothing new has come out. The last we heard Ed Mangano handed in his proposal for the hub, but no details were released of the plan. There have even been murmurs that an arena will not be included in the plan. On the Brooklyn front the team spent a lot of time at the draft party promoting the October 2nd game at the Barclays Center and even came out with a shirt for the event..
The longer this issue goes with any news this off season the worse the future of the Islanders in Nassau County looks. Things look so bad that the head of the labor unions on Long Island threw out the ideas of using the unions pension money to build a new arena. That is a gigantic risk to take with people's retirement money. Hopefully something comes out soon on the issue, but for now it seems like Islander fans will be force to wait and see if the new Hub plan might have an arena in it when the economic development council picks winners in September. This could be a painfully quiet summer