Jump Studios created a venue interior that celebrates New York, and Belmont Park’s local history, including the famous neighbouring racecourse. The UBS Arena presented an opportunity for Jump Studios to immerse users, spectators, visitors and guests in the ultimate NYC experience.
Situated within New York’s historic Belmont Park, is the new 17,255-seat UBS Arena, a multi purpose sports and entertainment venue, and home to the New York Islanders, the city’s celebrated Ice Hockey team.
UBS Arena opened to the public on November 20, 2021. Jump Studios created the arena interiors, including its famous neighbouring racecourse. The project provides a state of the art guest experience that pays deep homage to Metro New York’s urban heritage reinforcing, through its design intent and storytelling, the ultimate love affair with New York City.
As visitors enter the arena they are immediately taken on a familiar journey. Beginning at the striking entrance hall, inspired by Grand Central Station and Park Avenue Armory, visitors step into the Grand Hall greeted by a feature ceiling recreating the NYC night sky. Moving into the main concourse, an articulated colonnade runs throughout the arena echoing the historic arches of Central Park, whilst Subway inspired ceramic tiling line the concourse walls. The arena’s food offering includes 18 individual market-style concessions, based on Belmont Parks colourful kiosks, and the upper concourse bars reference the intricate cable work of Brooklyn Bridge. Even the restroom signage employs the font of the iconic New Yorker Magazine.
UBS Arena’s evocative New York microcosm created the perfect backdrop upon which Jump Studios were able to place the ‘Isles’ fan front and centre, catering for a multiplicity of user and exemplar user experience. The main concourse doubles as a gallery exhibition space where illuminated artwork and atmospheric lighting modes amplify and narrate the City’s historic landscape as well as the New York Islanders rich sporting history. Reaching the upper concourse, sporting heritage is celebrated once again. Four super graphics hang above the arena’s main Tailgate bar, proudly showcasing the team motif alongside visual assets and photography of the ‘Islanders’ supporters’ clubs from around the globe.
“Working with Populous as arena architects, Jump Studios created a venue interior that celebrates New York, and Belmont Park’s local history. The UBS Arena presented an opportunity for Jump Studios to immerse users, spectators, visitors and guests in the ultimate NYC experience.” – Shaun Fernandes, Founder Jump Studios