Northwell Health, New York’s largest health care provider and private employer, announced today a 10-year founding sponsorship deal with the Islanders and UBS Arena – the metropolitan area’s most anticipated, cutting-edge live entertainment and sports venue and the future home of the New York Islanders. The deal with UBS Arena – scheduled to open for the 2021-22 NHL season at Belmont Park – is the latest extension of a decades-long relationship between the New York Islanders Hockey Club and Northwell as the official health care sponsor for the team and title sponsor for the team’s East Meadow practice facility.
As part of the agreement, Northwell Health, UBS Arena and the New York Islanders will codevelop community-based wellness programming. These efforts will span across key pillars of health, nutrition and physical activity – playing a critical role in the future welfare of millions of people for many years to come.
“We are proud to align ourselves with New York’s newest premier sports and entertainment venue,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell. “New York, and especially Long Island, is home to thousands of our patients as well as our employees. With 25,000 employees living near UBS Arena alone, this partnership allows us to reinforce our commitment to serving the community and we look forward to developing future health and wellness programming with UBS Arena and the New York Islanders.”
“UBS Arena will be ready to welcome fans back to arenas, ensuring an unrivaled, distinctive live entertainment experience that is reflective of our commitment to unmatched service, safety and sanitization,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group and leader of the arena project. “Planned top-of-the-line sanitization efforts from medical grade HEPA filtration, to UV light systems, and disinfecting solutions that have proven safe and effective in large-scale public spaces will ensure future guests peace of mind.”
UBS Arena will employ a mix of industry-leading sanitization technologies paired with operational, staffing, contactless technology and cleaning solutions to ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff are of the utmost priority. Additionally, UBS Arena is being developed to achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management from the International WELL Being Institute (IWBI). UBS Arena is committed to following CDC, New York State Department of Health, and Nassau County Department of Health recommended guidelines to ensure the arena presents an environment in which its guests can feel comfortable and safe to enjoy live entertainment and sports.
“Northwell has been an invaluable supporter of the New York Islanders for nearly 20 years and we couldn’t be more excited for them to strengthen their partnership with the team through the new UBS Arena project,” said Jon Ledecky, Co-Owner of the New York Islanders.
As an extension of the partnership announcement, Northwell and UBS Arena will be hosting a virtual panel event focused on sanitization and the future of live events. Accessible beginning Thursday, October 8 at 10AM ET via Registration Link, the event will feature Northwell CEO Michael Dowling, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke, New York Islanders Co-Owner Jon Ledecky, Oak View Group Director of Events & Operations Frantzer LeBlanc, Populous Senior Architect and Principal Sherri Privitera, and infectious disease consultant Dr. Bruce Farber. Additional information on the partnership can be found at ubsarena.com/press-release.