Nearly 60 percent of club and premium spaces have already been sold out at the new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, which is set to open next fall, UBS officials told the Herald last week, as construction on the 17,000-seat arena continues.
The suites will offer New York Islanders fans private areas to enjoy food and drinks with their friends and families as well as provide them with parking benefits and potential concert tickets, while the Spotlight Club will allow fans to see the players head down the tunnel to the ice, the 1905 Club will provide backstage passes, and the Loft Club will offer Islanders fans views to the bowl from the bar.
The walls of the 56 suites have already been installed, according to Michael Cossentino, senior vice president of tickets and premium experiences for the New York Islanders, adding that they have found seats for all the current Islanders ticket holders and are only a few weeks away from selling out of upper-bowl tickets.
“It’s an exciting time to be an Islanders fan,” said Cossentino, who has been meeting between 50 to 100 people daily to discuss seating opportunities at the new arena. He has been hosting in-person tours for eight fans maximum at a time, all of whom must wear masks, as well as drive-through events at which Islanders fans can get an up-close look at the construction site and pick up Islanders swag.
“It’s things like that to build that meaningful connection with people,” Cossentino said, noting that there’s a general “sense of pride and excitement” when people get to experience the new arena firsthand. “Generally, the community’s been very supportive.”
In fact, he said, the Islanders have seen an increase in ticket holders from Westchester and Connecticut because of to Belmont Park’s closer proximity to the two areas than from the Islanders’ former home at Nassau Coliseum. There has been a 45 percent increase in ticket sales to people from Westchester, Cossentino said, and a 28 percent increase in ticket sales to people from Connecticut.
Meanwhile, UBS officials also made their first concert announcement last week, saying The Weeknd, the Canadian singer-songwriter, will perform at the new arena on April 7, 2022, as part of his After Hours World Tour, which had to be rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for the show went on sale on Monday, following The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
For more information about the UBS Arena, and to see the different seating options virtually, visit www.UBSArena.com.