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Islanders submit proposal for arena at Belmont Park

Anthony Gruppuso / USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders are one step closer to finding a new home.

The Isles say they've turned in "a comprehensive proposal to create a world-class sports and entertainment destination" at Belmont Park, according to Jim Baumbach of Newsday Sports.

The Islanders had played their home games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island since 1972, but began playing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015-16. The facility was built primarily for basketball, and has drawn some heavy criticism for hosting NHL hockey.

Belmont Park, located just outside New York City and about 20 minutes from the old Coliseum, has been under discussion as a possible location for a new arena since April.

The Islanders' ownership group is reportedly visiting Detroit on Thursday to tour the new home of the Red Wings, Little Caesars Arena, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

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