The New York Islanders may not return to play at the Nassau Coliseum until Wednesday, but fans will be back inside the building on Monday for a Game 5 viewing party.
The Islanders announced that they would be hosting the viewing party on Sunday afternoon days after Nassau County Executive wrote an open letter to Islanders fans that one was in the works. The county legislature had also been pushing for a viewing party now that COVID-19 restrictions had been lifted across New York State.
“Yes! Yes! Yes! We did it! Big shout out to Jon Ledecky – the best owner in hockey – and @NHL for letting Isles Nation have this watch party tomorrow,” Curran tweeted after the announcement was made.
Yes! Yes! Yes! We did it! 🙌
— Laura Curran (@NassauExecutive) June 20, 2021
Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, but season ticket holders were given early access to purchase tickets, according to Newsday. Tickets will cost $10 and parking for the event will cost $5.
The Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning are currently tied at 2-2 in their semifinals best-of-seven series.
“Last week, I sent a letter to the Islanders offering to assist them in setting up a community watch party,” Nassau County legislator John Ferretti Jr. said in a statement to Newsday. “I am happy to see that the majority’s idea gained traction and fans will have the option to watch the Isles crush the Lightning together.”
Game 5 is scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. Should the Islanders win, they would have the chance to close out the series on Wednesday at the Nassau Coliseum.
It would be the first time that the Islanders would advance to the Stanley Cup Final since 1984, when they fell to the Edmonton Oilers defeated them in five games to end the Islanders’ run of four straight Stanley Cup titles.