Happy Birthday UBS Arena, the venue that was made for music and built for hockey.
The state-of-the-art arena at Belmont Park in Elmont opened in November 2021 and has already welcomed numerous top artists including Sebastian Maniscalco, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, TWICE, The Eagles, John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone.
Here are some of the highlights and successes the venue has had to date.
• Programming at UBS Arena has spanned a wide variety of genres including Latin, rock, pop, rap, R&B, K-pop, country, comedy, additional sports (wrestling, college basketball, figure skating) along with family show programming. With more than 100 events hosted in the first year, grossing more than $60 million, highlights include two Harry Styles concerts within the first six months of operation—both of which were immediate sellouts, along with an additional 16 full-house shows.
• Guest experience at UBS Arena is the highest priority, always evolving to make sure fans are provided a world class experience through service and amenities. One of the biggest successes of the year is the integration of the train via LIRR onto the campus. Elmont-UBS Arena, the first new LIRR Station built in nearly 50 years, offers fans the opportunity to have direct access to the venue. The station opened just ahead of the building’s official grand opening last year, but the unlocking of two-way service at the station began in early October 2022. This provides fans both eastbound and westbound service across the LIRR network to get to and from the venue. Various direct lines have access to the arena, including a 30-minute train ride from Penn Station and a 10-minute ride from Jamaica.
• The unveiling of the arena’s three sensory rooms this summer helps provides accommodation to those that have family service and sensory needs so that everyone can experience the enjoyment of live entertainment. Outside the venue, on-site improvements include the opening of the new Belmont Park garage that features park assist and Find My Car kiosks, expanded car lanes to aid with traffic flow, as well as electric vehicle trams to provide shuttle transportations support. The expansion of the venue’s food and beverage program leading into the anniversary included bolstering the selection of locally inspired fare along with adding family-friendly options while also elevating stadium fan favorites.
• Sustainability has been an important part of the venue’s legacy. To help offset the building’s environmental impact, UBS Arena has achieved carbon neutrality for all scope one and two emissions from operations. Through the purchase of carbon and renewable energy credits, the arena has reached this milestone two years ahead of schedule. This milestone makes the venue the first arena to do this on the eastern seaboard. UBS Arena is a Founding Circle Member of GOAL (Green Operations and Advanced Leadership), a program that provides venues with clear guidelines to minimize negative environmental impact while amplifying social impact.
New York’s newest premier entertainment and sports venue and home of the New York Islanders was developed in partnership with Oak View Group, the New York Islanders and Jeff Wilpon. The venue will host more than 150 major events annually, while delivering an unmatched live entertainment experience including clear sightlines and premier acoustics.
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