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    New 17,500 Seat Arena Proposal for Ronkonkoma Area

    https://www.newsday.com/long-island/...olk-1.17925881
    http://longisland.news12.com/story/3...velopment-plan
    https://libn.com/2018/04/09/another-...in-1b-project/
    RONKONKOMA - A massive project, including construction of a new sports arena, is officially on the table for Ronkonkoma. It was one of four ideas submitted to develop a 40-acre site between MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma LIRR train station. The proposed 17,500-seat venue would be to lure a professional sports team to Suffolk County. The company behind the Ronkonkoma arena plan said the $1 billion project would be privately funded.
    After fielding four proposals to remake about 40 acres of mostly surface parking adjacent to the north side of MacArthur Airport, Suffolk County and the Town of Islip have selected a $1 billion plan for a sports and events arena on the county-owned site.The proposal from JLL and a Chicago-based investment group called Ronkonkoma Vision Project would create a 17,500-seat arena, 360,000 square feet of office space, a 500-room hotel and 90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
    The plan also includes utilizing a 40-acre town-owned compost site across the street for surface parking with 4,800 spaces. The total project would create 1.69 million square feet of development.
    Suffolk considered other proposals that included between 1,200 and 1,900 units of multifamily residences, office space, a hotel and conference center, and a 2 million-square-foot industrial park, but opted for the arena plan instead.
    ...a professional sports tenant has yet to be secured for the proposed arena, which would have between 42 and 60 luxury suites.
    A key component of the arena plan is its 80,000-square-foot medical research facility.


    “We want to do something with Stony Brook University and its hospital with medical research, which will include presentations with the school district,”
    The arena proposal also calls for a community benefits package that includes a bandshell, sports field and community center at a former 84,000-square-foot industrial property nearby.
    Tritec, one of the four bidders for the county property, broke ground on the first phase of its long-awaited, $650 million Ronkonkoma Hub project in November, which will bring 489 rental apartments in six buildings on the western edge of the development site.


    At full build-out, Tritec’s redevelopment is slated to include 1,450 residential units, 195,000 square feet of retail space, 360,000 square feet of office/commercial space and 60,000 square feet of flex space to be utilized for conference, exhibition, hospitality, and/or residential uses.
    Being from Ronkonkoma I have mixed feelings about the project. The area around the Ronkonkoma train station is in desperate need of rejuvenation. It will be getting a decent facelift with the Ronkonkoma Hub project but this is taking it to a whole new level. There is going to be A LOT of reconstruction done to both Hawkins Ave and Ronkonkoma Ave to be able to handle all the traffic this would generate. One positive is being this is right on the tracks, it would be similar to Penn Station where, hopefully, most commuters would come in by train rather than car. Also, unless the Belmont arena falls through and the Islanders can land here, I don't see another NHL franchise being "allowed" to play here. Similar to how the Rangers would block a new Hartford team from existing due to being too close to them, I could see the same thing happening with both the Rangers and Islanders having push back from someone new stepping on their territory. One of my favorite aspects about this project are the two recreational rinks that would be built along with the main arena. Will be great to have some new rinks to play at in the area. This project basically negates the need for the other arena project which was proposed for the old Brookhaven Multiplex site on the LIE between exits 64 and 65. Which, believe it or not, since the early 2000's was always a dream of mine to build an arena in that spot.

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    probably would house a minor league hockey team.

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    17.5k seats is a lot for minor league hockey.

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    well its not going to be an NHL team unless the Belmont thing falls through. So if not minor league hockey then what? an empty arena except for the Globetrotters? D League Basketball? the occasional concert? There really isnt much out there that can fill up a 17.5K arena. Knicks/Nets/NYR/Devils arent moving there, and their wont be an NHL expansion team since its hard enough to have support of 3 teams in the metro area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Heaven View Post
    well its not going to be an NHL team unless the Belmont thing falls through. So if not minor league hockey then what? an empty arena except for the Globetrotters? D League Basketball? the occasional concert? There really isnt much out there that can fill up a 17.5K arena. Knicks/Nets/NYR/Devils arent moving there, and their wont be an NHL expansion team since its hard enough to have support of 3 teams in the metro area.
    I am agreeing with you. But if its going to be a minor league team from the get go then why build it with so many seats? The project that was supposed to be built in Medford called for an 8k seat arena meant for an ECHL team. At least that made sense. Maybe they just hope to fill what they can for hockey and basketball and let the concerts sell the place out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Heaven View Post
    well its not going to be an NHL team unless the Belmont thing falls through. So if not minor league hockey then what? an empty arena except for the Globetrotters? D League Basketball? the occasional concert? There really isnt much out there that can fill up a 17.5K arena. Knicks/Nets/NYR/Devils arent moving there, and their wont be an NHL expansion team since its hard enough to have support of 3 teams in the metro area.
    The people who live in the area of the Belmont Stadium are fighting it. Honestly, the Suffolk Arena makes more sense because there are so many venues in that area that a new arena there isn't going to pull in the concerts like the other venues. Your not beating out MSG or Barclays and the new Coliseum and over the summer you add in the venue at the tennis center and the new amphitheater in Coney Island, plus concerts at the 2 baseball stadiums, its going to be hard to fill an arena in Belmont with anything other than the Islanders.

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