The Islanders introduce their new arena, Kraken merchandise sales and a new trading card brand? – The Athletic

NEW YORK — While it won’t open until late November, the New York Islanders introduced their new home and gave tours to key sponsors and season ticket holders on Thursday at UBS Arena.

“It’s the best arena in the world, east of the Mississippi,” Tim Leiweke said. “The other best arena in the world is west of the Mississippi.”

Leiweke is the CEO of the Oak View Group, which is playing a key role in the development of the NHL’s two newest arenas that will make their debuts this fall.

In Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena, is on track for an Oct. 23 reopening, when the Kraken host the Vancouver Canucks, while the Islanders’ new arena will open roughly a month later in Belmont Park, on Nov. 20, with a game between the Islanders and Calgary Flames.

Leiweke and Islanders ownership confirmed this week that they were confident the arena would be ready for that Nov. 20 game. Noting that all potential hurdles have been cleared and that it’s…

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