Tag:Barclays Center
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:25 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Islanders announce preseason game in Brooklyn

By Brian Stubits

There was talk a few weeks back about the Islanders playing a preseason game at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn before next season. The building is so new it isn't even open yet.

It's more than just talk now.

On Tuesday the Isles announced that they will play the first NHL game in Barclays Center, an Oct. 2 exhibition against the New Jersey Devils. If the speculation wasn't strong enough already about the arena in Brooklyn being a new home for the Islanders in a couple of years, it's sure to ratchet up now.

“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”

The high amount of intrigue in a preseason game, of course, surrounds the viability of Barclays as an NHL arena and the possibility of it being a new home for the Isles considering their past failures to secure a new arena in Nassau County.

And it's actually led to some politicking from Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark.

"It will be good for the Islanders to see what playing in a state of the art venue feels like," Yormark said. He continued by saying "We'd love for Charles to consider Brooklyn." He's talking about as a home for the Islanders and Charles refers to Isles owner Charles Wang.

Not to be outdone, Nassau County politician Ed Mangano, who spearheaded the effort to get a new arena built in Uniondale, weighed in on the team's upcoming visit closer toward Manhattan.

“I hope their experience in Brooklyn reaffirms why they should be playing hockey in Nassau County," Mangano said.

No matter how well it might or might not go for the Islanders in the exhibition, the one big hurdle to clear with the Barclays Center is the hockey seating capacity of only 14,500, less than Winnipeg's NHL-lowest MTS Centre. But considering the Islanders are averaging 12,670 this season, I don't see much of a problem. Supply and demand economics would make the tickets more valuable if they start hitting capacity.

What do you think: Is this the start of the Islanders getting a new home? They would still be on the Island, that beats a lot of other locales.

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: Brooklyn arena execs meet NHL officials

By Brian Stubits

The possibility of the Islanders staying on Long Island, just much closer to the city, is growing.

Katie Strang of Newsday reported on Friday that NHL officials met with Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and CEO Brett Yormark. Both men are not only involved with the arena being built in Brooklyn, but are also involved with the New Jersey Nets organization. It's not reported what the discussion concerned, but the logical assumption concerned hockey in Brooklyn and the Islanders.

Perhaps the first place that popped up as a future home of the Islanders after their arena vote on August 1 was met with a resounding no was Brooklyn. Considering there is a state of the art arena that is going up, the fit seemed natural. The Islanders wouldn't have to go but a few miles down the road instead of relocating to Canada or west of the Mississippi.

But the elephant in the room has been the size of the Barclays Center. It will be a great fit for the NBA's Nets, but the number of adequate seats for hockey is an issue.

Here is what Yormark said in an email to Newsday soon after the August 1 vote.

"The Barclays Center will have an ice rink that can support professional hockey. Due to the venue's design, the capacity for hockey would be a few thousand seats less than for basketball. While we hope to explore hockey opportunities in the future, our primary focus at the moment is to build the best sports and entertainment venue in the world."

Specifically, the arena would figure to host a little more than 14,000 for hockey. That would make it easily the smallest venue in the NHL, lower than the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. But that isn't a deal-breaker.

"We have no set seating capacity or requirements established," a league spokesperson told Newsday.

This is pretty much good news any way you slice it unless you are in Quebec City keeping your fingers crossed. I've said all along that after the rejection of the vote, Brooklyn would be the next best alternative to staying in Nassau County. The concerns about the size of the arena for hockey are justified, but I feel could be mitigated with the location of the arena. Demand would likely increase for tickets with the location closer to the city and the prices would certainly rise. All in all, the numbers could come out to around the same or better. That's before you consider the lease situation.

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