The New York Islanders and Northwell Health announced a new 10-year sponsorship deal for UBS Arena that will expand the already existing relationship between the hockey team and healthcare provider. Northwell Health is the team’s official healthcare provider and the title sponsor of the Islanders East Meadow practice facility.
As part of the agreement, the Islanders and Northwell will develop “community-based wellness programming.”
“Northwell has been an invaluable supporter of the New York Islanders for nearly 20 years and we couldn’t be more excited for them to strengthen their partnership with the team through the new UBS Arena project,” Islanders co-owner Jon Ledeck said in a press release.
Northwell will also play a role in helping to keep patrons safe at UBS Arena, which is scheduled to open in 2021, as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
UBS Arena will employ a number of practices to keep staff and patrons safe, which will include contactless technology and industry-leading sanitization technology.
“UBS Arena will be ready to welcome fans back to arenas, ensuring an unrivaled, distinctive live entertainment experience that is reflective of our commitment to unmatched service, safety and sanitization,” Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke said in a press release. “Planned top-of-the-line sanitization efforts from medical-grade HEPA filtration, to UV light systems, and disinfecting solutions that have proven safe and effective in large-scale public spaces will ensure future guests peace of mind.”
In a conversation with NYI Hockey Now last month, Leiweke said that the Islanders had to put extra money into UBS Arena to address sanitization and air filtration inside the venue.
UBS Arena is expected to open in time for the 2021-22 New York Islanders season. The Islanders will play one final year at the Nassau Coliseum before moving to their new home at Belmont Park.
The question remains if fans will be allowed in NHL arenas when the 2020-21 season begins. A start date is unknown at the current time.