Welcome to UBS Arena: Eight awesome innovations at the Islanders’ new barn

    Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.

The wait is finally over for the New York Islanders and their fans.

After starting the season with 13 straight games on the road, the Islanders (5-6-2) hit the ice for their first game at the new UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. They host the Calgary Flames on Saturday, Nov. 20, as the $1.1 billion state-of-the-art building opens its doors to hockey fans.

“I know we have been looking forward to this for a long time and I know the fans have. I’m excited for everyone to get in here and see a game and really enjoy this all together,” said captain Anders Lee.

UBS Arena is designed to hold around 17,250 fans for NHL games. Many of them will enter with a skeptical eye — after all, it’s replacing Nassau Coliseum as the team’s home, an old hockey barn that fans treat with religious reverence. But the new home for the Islanders has a lot going for it. Here are eight unique innovations and features of UBS Arena:

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