Islanders Return to Long Island This Saturday for First Regular-season NHL Game Since 2015

Nov 29, 2018

Team will also host pre-game celebration for fans on NYCB LIVE plaza

The New York Islanders will make their regular season NHL debut at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, this Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in a matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Saturday’s game marks the first time the team will play a regular season NHL game on Long Island since 2015. The Islanders will play a total of 21 games at NYCB LIVE during the 2018-19 regular season. All 21 games are listed here.

In January, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held a press conference at the Coliseum to announce the team’s return to the historic venue for a total of 60 games through the 2020-21 season. As part of the announcement, New York State committed to $6 million in enhancements at the Coliseum to meet NHL requirements, specifically investing in ice plant redundancy and dehumidification, and media and broadcast cabling infrastructure. The Islanders contributed an additional $4 million to renovate the team campus. All enhancements were completed in advance of the December 1 game.

Islanders Legends Clark Gillies and Bob Nystrom joined a behind the scenes tour today of NYCB LIVE’s venue enhancements.

“NYCB LIVE is a world-class facility, once home to an Islanders dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global. “With the latest enhancements to the venue, it will be a better home for hockey than ever before. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for his leadership and support in making the enhancements happen. Saturday night will be a celebration for Islanders fans, and I am looking forward to a great slate of games on Long Island this season and in the future.”

“With the assistance of Governor Cuomo, these improvements were made to this historic building, improvements that allow the return of the Islanders this Saturday,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “We are beginning a new chapter in the storied history of the New York Islanders. Welcome back to The Barn!”

Prior to the puck-drop, fans are encouraged to arrive early for a free, pre-game celebration on the NYCB LIVE Plaza, weather-permitting. Islanders legends Bobby Nystrom and Clark Gillies will be present to meet fans and sign autographs, and the event will also feature inflatable games, mini tennis court provided by the New York Open, Mobile Man Cave, an exterior beer garden, swag giveaways and music provided by 102.3 WBAB. NYCB LIVE’s Ford Parking Lot will open at 4:00 p.m. and the event begins at 4:30 p.m.

The doors at NYCB LIVE will open for the game at 5:30 p.m. and special commemorative hockey pucks will be available for purchase at various team shop locations. Fans can follow the New York Islanders and NYCB LIVE on social media for a chance to win one.

A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at and at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE. Fans are encouraged to post photos and follow along on social media throughout the night using #Isles. 

Fans who are unable to attend Saturday’s game in Long Island can watch on MSG+, NHL TV, or listen to the Islanders Radio Network on WRHU 88.7. Through the team’s partnership with Entercom, the radio broadcast will also be available free via’s app and website as well as the Islanders’ mobile app and website.