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SEATTLE (AP) — The celebration outside the building Seattle’s NHL team will eventually call home Wednesday came with all the formality of a groundbreaking event with the principals taking turns giving remarks and ceremonially shoveling dirt.It also came with a new price tag even higher than what was stated a day earlier when Seattle was awarded the NHL’s 32nd franchise.The cost now is $850 million for the new arena at Seattle Center Calgary Flames Hoodies Womens , according to Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke, with construction expected to get started almost immediately. That’s an increase of $200 million from the initial projections for the privately financed project, but the principals involved believe the increased investment is part of making the new building one of the top arenas in the country.“We never value engineered. That to me was an amazing commitment on behalf of ownership,” Leiweke said. “We did not do any value ownership on this project. Everything we dreamed about and more we have kept in this building and will write the check.”The ceremonial event — complete with heavy construction equipment sitting nearby the stage waiting — concluded a whirlwind 36 hours for hockey fans in the region. While it seemed a foregone conclusion, the unanimous vote from the NHL Board of Governors on Tuesday ended a lengthy dance between the league and the city and solved Seattle’s winter sports void created when the SuperSonics departed in 2008.The franchise will begin with the 2021-22 season after the league and ownership group decided not to risk an already tight arena construction schedule. Rather than having the franchise start for the 2020 season with the potential of delays possibly creating adverse conditions for the new team, the launch was delayed by a year.That does provide a cushion in the construction timeline, but it’s not a complete year. Leiweke noted the start of the hockey franchise will be pushed back a year to October 2021, the extra time on getting the arena finished is only a few months. The goal is to have the building open by March or April of 2021 so that the WNBA Seattle Storm can play the 2021 season in the building and other events can be scheduled to start recouping the investment on the project.Tod Lewieke, the CEO and president of NHL Seattle, said the additional time should allow the team to have its three-rink practice facility completed in time for the team’s first training camp in 2021. The team also intends to have its expansion draft in the new arena in the summer of 2021.And the extended time frame should reduce some of the construction disruptions in a neighborhood that is dense with condos and apartments.“We’ve always wanted to build in a very responsible way so we’re going got have a little more time to do that,” Tod Leiweke said.By the time the entirety of all the projects and investments in the franchise is realized with the team’s first game — arena, expansion fee, practice facility and other costs — bringing the franchise to Seattle could end up running in the neighborhood of $2 billion.“This marketplace is brilliant,” Tim Leiweke said. “This marketplace is the fastest growing marketplace in North America. So it demands brilliance and we’re going to answer it so we make sure we don’t sit here five years after it opens and say ‘we could have done better.’ We’re going to be great day one and that’s what Seattle deserves.” NEW YORK (AP) — Barclays Center is newer Calgary Flames Hats Womens , sleeker and has the better food options. Nassau Coliseum has the history.With the New York Islanders splitting their home games between the two arenas this season, their fans have always been clear about their preference. They don’t care much for Barclays Center, located in Brooklyn. They still love the renovated Coliseum, which is far more intimate and much more convenient for the Islanders’ fan base that remains concentrated on Long Island.“It’s a hockey arena here,” said Peter Rotolo, who was at the Coliseum for a game in January. “Barclays is like, the sightlines are terrible, the seats are terrible. It’s a beautiful arena, but it’s a basketball arena and a concert arena. It never was made for hockey.”Fans like Rotolo never fully accepted the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn in 2015 after the franchise spent its first 43 years at the Coliseum, winning four straight Stanley Cup championships from 1980-84. They complained about the bad views and many obstructed seats at the arena, which was built for the Brooklyn Nets, and clamored for the team’s return to the Coliseum in Uniondale, 30 miles and seemingly a world away.They got their wish with a unique arrangement as the NHL decided to split up the home games between the two very different venues. The arrangement is expected to remain in place until the Islanders’ new arena at Belmont Park, adjacent to the horse racing track Custom Calgary Flames Jerseys , is ready for the 2021-22 season. Construction isn’t slated to begin until May.All of which means there are two homes for the first-place Islanders for at least the next two seasons and what’s left of this one.“They should have never left,” said David Levy, a fan from Melville who attended a game at the Coliseum with his son and two nephews. “We used to come here all the time. I go to Brooklyn, it’s beautiful but it’s a very, very long commute. … This is much more convenient. They blew it when they didn’t just rebuild the arena here.”The Islanders played their first 11 home games this season in Brooklyn, then began an 18-game stretch on Dec. 1 in which they are splitting games between the venues, before closing their home schedule with the final 12 on Long Island. The last game at Barclays Center will be Feb. 16 against the Edmonton Oilers, though it has not been announced how any playoff games will be handled.Josh Rosenberg, who lives about 10 minutes away from the Coliseum, said he will go wherever the team plays but prefers the Coliseum for its proximity and the atmosphere.“I’ve been coming to Brooklyn since they first started,” the Freeport resident said at Barclays Center. “I mean, it sucks to pay the extra fee to ride the train but I’m a die-hard fan. I’ll take the Coliseum any day, but I don’t mind taking the trip out here. (The Coliseum has) a way better vibe. It’s packed all the time, everybody’s cheering and the real fans are there.”The team’s move to Brooklyn was announced in 2012 after a failed attempt to secure public financing for a new arena on Long Island and zoning approval was rejected for a privately funded development plan that would have included renovations to the Coliseum. It was announced as a 25-year deal and appeared to secure the Islanders’ future in New York amid talk the team could move to another city.Whatever the cozy charm many saw in the old Coliseum www.hurricanesshoponline.com , the renovations were welcomed and the noise level has remained deafening.Attendance figures reflect the fans’ preference.In seven games at the Coliseum this season, the Islanders have averaged 13,568 fans with four sellouts of 13,917. They have drawn an average of 10,788 with no sellouts at Barclays Center, which has a capacity of 15,795. Overall, the Islanders are last among the 31 NHL teams with an average attendance of 11,599.Veteran coach Barry Trotz, in his first year with the Islanders after winning a championship in Washington last season, has raved about the Coliseum as one of the old-style arenas that put fans closer to the ice and helps energize the home team. He contends the arena is worth 10-12 extra points over a season compared to elsewhere.So far, the Islanders are 5-1-1 on Long Island, and 9-6-2 in Brooklyn.The arrangement calls for the two arenas to evenly split the games for three years. This season, the Coliseum is getting 21 Custom Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys , while Barclays is getting 20. It is uncertain what the breakdown will be in ensuing years.BSE Global, which operates both arenas, shares the fans’ desires to have the team play all its games at the Coliseum. The NHL opposed the Islanders’ full return to the Coliseum, due mainly to it having a smaller capacity than every other arena in the league, but acquiesced to the split arrangement.The players like the Coliseum, too. The arena and the team’s practice facility at Eisenhower Park a mile away are less than 30 minutes from their homes. In comparison, afternoon traffic in New York can make the trip to Barclays Center more than 75 minutes. Some players commute to Brooklyn on the Long Island Rail Road and then take car services home.“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter where you play,” veteran forward Matt Martin said. “You got to go out there and do your job, take care of business and win hockey games. The approach overall doesn’t change.”