The Islanders' return to the Coliseum while their new arena at Belmont Park is built continues to go smoothly thus far.
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks for the Isles' renovation plans at the Nassau Coliseum, according to Newsday's Victor Ocasio. The Islanders were looking to get a $400 million to $450 million tax break to purchase new equipment, furniture and fixtures for their renovation project.
The upgrades, which will be worth $9.95 million, would deem the arena worthy to play in for the three years needed before the Belmont Park arena is finished. A $6 million state grant will pay for most of the project, while the Islanders will pick up the rest of the tab at around $3.9 million.
The Islanders will ease their way back into the Coliseum, playing only 12 games there with the rest at Barclays Center this upcoming season. In total, the blue and orange will play 60 games at the Coliseum before making their Belmont debut.
The renovations must be completed before Dec. 1 when the Islanders play the Blue Jackets for their first game in the Coliseum.