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PHOTO: Ice is down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn for Islanders

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

First look at the ice laid down in Brooklyn. (@TalPinch)
First look at the ice laid down in Brooklyn. (@TalPinch)

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The New York Islanders are still calling Nassau Coliseum home but they're getting ready to move on down to Brooklyn and inhabit Barclays Center in a couple of seasons. They figured they'd get acquainted now so they opened camp in the borough.

The first hockey game will be played at the arena on Saturday the 21st when the Islanders host the Devils, so the ice is down. This is a little more noteworthy than every other team laying down ice because, you know, we've never actually seen it before in Brooklyn and there were concerns the layout would be awful.

While it isn't any different with the ice down compared to just the rink layout, it sure looks different, and by different I mean better. And look, the logo is still blue and orange, not black and white. There's the big scoop.

Keep in mind in that photo above it's being taken from the vantage point of the end zone that sits above the goal, you can see the railing just in front of the camera. The near side in that picture is where the configuation has to take an unconventional turn.

They also have their locker room already, too.

Sure looks more inviting than the Coliseum, doesn't it? I mean I understand nostalgia for old buildings but sometimes it's nice to upgrade.

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