The New York Islanders NHL ice hockey franchise has reported nearly shifting all season tickets for its first year at its under-construction UBS Arena.

The new 19,000-capacity arena has sold more than 90 per cent of its season tickets for the 2021-22 season, the Islanders announced on Thursday.

The upper level and terrace are sold out, as well as eight sections in the lower bowl. About 1,000 seats remain available, and the Islanders will start a waiting list after those are sold.

Mike Cosentino, the Islanders’ senior vice president of sales, said: “With just a few months before puck drop in the fall, it’s exciting to see the demand for season tickets continue. We’re well on the way towards selling out every Islanders game of UBS Arena’s inaugural season.

“Our plan was always to sell out the season tickets and start a waiting list. We’re doing it faster and earlier than we expected. It’s really been such an incredible response since going on sale last year.”

UBS Arena is being developed in partnership with Oak View Group. The arena will be located at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York and will host more than 150 major events annually.

Work on UBS Arena was paused in March 2020 due to COVID-19, pushing the completion date of the venue back by two months.

The team currently plays its home games at Nassau Coliseum, however no fans have been allowed to attend this season due to COVID-19 until early last month. Capacity has since been limited to 10 per cent of the 13,917-seat venue, or about 1,400.

For the 2020-21 season, which is currently underway, the Islanders sit in second place of the East Division, just two points behind the Washington Capitals.

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