UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders move to UBS Arena at Belmont Park isn’t for another few months, but the “Let’s Go Islanders” chants were already starting there on Saturday during the Belmont Stakes.
According to Associated Press sports reporter Stephen Whyno fans at the last leg of the Tripple Crown started chanting “Let’s Go Islanders” as the horses made their way to the track. The Belmont Stakes was taking place less than an hour before the puck was scheduled to drop between the Islanders and Boston Bruins.
Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blares as Belmont Stakes horses walk on to the track. Now a “let’s go Islanders!” Chant pic.twitter.com/KkVwMXluOQ
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 5, 2021
Several people on social media also pointed out they could hear the chants during the television broadcast on NBC.
— Gwen🧡💙 x (@GwenIsles) June 5, 2021
I'm watching Belmont stakes and there are a bunch of islander fans screaming let's go Islanders….I love it!!! #isles
— Brown Eyed Girl (@TotinoMelissa) June 5, 2021
Saturday was a very Long Island-heavy day on NBC, which carried the Belmont Stakes and then the broadcast of Game 4 taking place 20 minutes away at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are moving into their new home, which is being built next door to Belmont Park race track, in the fall.
The Islanders have played games on a part-time or full-time basis since December of 2018. They had been splitting games between the Barclays Center and Coliseum and played the entire 2020-21 season on Long island.
The New York Islanders currently trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.