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Islanders fans philosophize the national anthem because the team gets willing to play its first game at UBS Enviornment. (1: 36)

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  • Greg WyshynskiESPN

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      Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL author.

The Original York Islanders know their audience.

The team’s rent with Empire Impart Fashion prohibits tailgating at UBS Enviornment, the team’s contemporary dwelling next to Belmont Park. These gatherings had been section of the culture at Nassau Coliseum. To compensate — and to maximize income possible — UBS Enviornment has bigger than two dozen adult beverage aspects of sale spherical the constructing, including 17 bars for a lot of the folks and top rate imprint holders.

On Saturday night, the sphere lastly opened its doors to Islanders fans, as Original York hosted the Calgary Flames. To totally perceive the usArena fan skills, we initiated a sociological investigation: looking out at the game from all 17 of the sphere’s first rate indoor and exterior bars.

Please repeat that there used to be no imbibing by this reporter whereas compiling this story, which used to be per chance basically the most no longer easy aspect of the project.

Right here’s what opening night at UBS Enviornment seemed like internal the watering holes, about a of which indubitably variety the Islanders’ contemporary dwelling a particular one.


Belmont Corridor (5: 53 p.m.)

Earlier than we open the run, a observe about pricing. The huge majority of the bars at UBS Enviornment provide “packaged beer” — you need to per chance per chance maybe also otherwise comprehend it as “a can” — for $17, which is an identical tag as a top rate cocktail; wine is $18, whereas “extremely top rate cocktails” are $19.

As soon as I attended the ribbon cutting at UBS Enviornment on Friday, Belmont Corridor seemed like it’d be the hopping pregame space. It had exterior keep of abode with heaters and picnic tables on the floor stage, considered to fans as they walked in thru the entrance entrance. Internal, it seemed like a basic craft brewery, including a window devoted exclusively to beer gross sales. Yet it used to be surprisingly empty assign for about a patrons who acknowledged they heard about the gap thru its affiliation with The Harrison, a most authorized local eatery in Floral Park. Congrats to folks that chanced on it, as there gave the look to be a 1:1 ratio of pregamers to workers.

While a possibility of the internal is brick, there are about a partitions plastered with sports activities and song posters. One of many Islanders signs had the names of considerable alumni on it. A ramification of names used to be John Tavares, who become a franchise pariah after leaving the team as a free agent to signal with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018. Erin Longo took perceive. The Islanders fan grabbed a Sharpie, walked over to the wall and drew a mountainous shadowy X over his title.

“There,” she acknowledged, capping the marker. “Now it be fastened.”

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