The New York Islanders has seen ticket demand skyrocket this month for the NHL franchise’s inaugural season at the under-construction UBS Arena at Belmont Park.

Following a record week of season ticket sales, the team only has 20 per cent of season tickets remaining at the 19,000-seat venue, which is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2021-22 NHL season most likely in December.

Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky said: “As the team heads into the second round of the playoffs, the unprecedented demand for season tickets adds a new level of excitement about the team. The support from our loyal Islanders fans across the metro NY region has been tremendous.”

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The Belmont Park project and surrounding redevelopment will cost $1.5bn and is expected to generate around $25bn in economic activity, including infrastructure improvements, 10,000 construction jobs, and 3,000 permanent jobs.

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