Islanders Moving To Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center


The commissioner of the NHL, Gary Bettman, announced the move of the New York Islanders form the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, to the new Brooklyn Barclay’s center stating, “you don’t have to worry about the future of this team, it’s remaining local”.   Owner Charles Wang said he looked forward “to a long and successful future in Brooklyn.” The move will take place in the 2015-2016 season and will ensure the Islanders stay in Brooklyn for at least twenty-five years, the length of the lease.  This is big news for Brooklyn as it will add jobs and continue the revitalization of the downtown area. In addition to jobs, it will add much-needed tax revenue to the City.  Even though the Nassau Coliseum and Barclay’s Center are close geographically, there is no financial connection between Long Island and the City of New York.  According to Wang, the Islanders will not change their name.  They will still be known as the New York Islanders not the Brooklyn Islanders and the logo will remain unchanged.  One issue with the Barclay’s Center is it will own the smallest seating capacity in the NHL, 14,500 seats, although that number may be increased to “15,000-plus”.  At 15,004, the Winnipeg Jets, currently play in the smallest capacity arena in the NHL.  One positive for Islanders fans from Long Island, is it’s a simple journey on the Long Island Railroad to the Barclays Center.  The Nassau Coliseum is not accessible by mass transportation.   Brooklynites for their part, are ecstatic about having hockey back in the borough for the first time in over seventy years.  Professional sports are back in the borough, having had no professional teams since the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957, now there’s two.

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