by NYRA Press Office
On July 31, 2017, New York State issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) with the stated goal to strengthen Belmont Park as a world-class sports and entertainment destination. Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York Islanders and their partnership group have been selected as the winning bidder. In response, NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay issued the following statement:
"NYRA looks forward to working with our new partners the New York Islanders to develop Belmont Park into one of the finest sports and entertainment destinations in the country. Together, we will realize the full potential of this historic property while creating thousands of jobs and driving significant economic impact for this region for decades to come. This will introduce people of all ages to the excitement and enjoyment of world-class thoroughbred horse racing, resulting in new generations of fans and horseplayers for our great sport. We appreciate Governor Cuomo's vision and leadership and look forward to welcoming the New York Islanders to their new home at Belmont Park."