Could the Islanders End Up in Brooklyn?

By now, you’ve probably heard that voters in Nassau County said no to spending $400 million on renovating the Coliseum. That’s left the future of its anchor tenant, the New York Islanders, up in the air. The team’s owner, Charles Wang, has said that the team would honor its lease that goes through 2015. At that point, everything’s up for grabs including, says CBS Sports, moving west to join the Nets at the Barclays Center. “Aside from a passing vote or another county on Long Island stepping up to build an arena, this would be the next best solution,” says the CBS writer. What do you think of that idea?

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  • It would be terrific (even if I really dont care in the slightest about hockey) – BUT I have my doubts, the arena configured for NHL hockey would only seat 14,500 spectators. That would make it by far the smallest rink in NHL by about 3,000 seats. My guess is if the Islanders landed in Brooklyn, it would be temporary at best.

  • As fsrq says, that’s top-notch planning by Ratner, et al.

  • I thought the final arena design excluded the use of NHL regulation sized ice altogether?

  • it sounds lovely. i think drunk long island hockey fans would go a long way to enhancing the quality of life in fort greene and park slope.

  • That would be awesome – I’ve always liked the Islanders. Charles certainly sounds very interested in moving the team; from what I understand the Coliseum is a total dump.

    Makes me wonder, who are the heavy hitters of Brooklyn that could get this done?

  • As long as they are building the dumb arena, they might as well get as many users into it as possible.

  • i really hope this happens (ditto straybongo). i would go watch games.

  • Good for Nassau County! I’m so tired of public financing for sports arenas. If it’s such a good thing for the Islanders to stay out there, then let the team pay for the upgrades.

  • Good for Nassau County! I’m so tired of public financing for sports arenas. If it’s such a good thing for the Islanders to stay out there, then let the team pay for the upgrades.

  • The Barclay’s arena can support an NHL size rink but it will only have room for 14,500 seats.
    I do not think that reflects poor planning by Ratner – it reflects that he barely could get an 18K seat arena built – if he went for a 21K seat place – it would have been that much more difficult.
    The Islanders currently only average 11.5 attendance – so Barclays would be an improvement, but I just dont think as a permanent home it is fiscally realistic.

    • That’s a fair point re: maybe not bad planning. Though I think the larger issue is whether the NHL would let them move into an arena with that capacity. If they could move the team to a Canadian market like Quebec or Hamilton with a 20,000 seat arena and a rabid fan base, I’d think the NHL would prefer that over a 3rd team in the immediate NYC area that has a small capacity.

  • The arena is not big enough to fit an ice rink since they nixed Gehry’s plans. Doh. They will not be moving to brooklyn.

  • Holy smokes – IT IS BIG ENOUGH FOR AN NHL RINK:

    Todays NY Post:
    “For years, Barclays Center officials claimed the arena would be too small for pro hockey.
    But, earlier this week, they confirmed the arena would actually be fitted with an NHL-regulation rink when it opens in September 2012.”

    From Today’s NY Times:
    “A revised design of the arena has raised doubts over whether the arena floor, in its present configuration, is large enough to accommodate an N.H.L.-sized ice sheet. But Brett Yormark, the chief executive of the Barclays Center, said the arena “will have an ice rink that can support professional hockey.”

  • hmmm, is brooklyn really a hockey town? i guess it could bring in some outsiders. the iphone stealers can use all the fresh bait they can get. hockey fans seem pretty dumb, so possibly a match made in heaven.

  • hmmm, is brooklyn really a hockey town? i guess it could bring in some outsiders. the iphone stealers can use all the fresh bait they can get. hockey fans seem pretty dumb, so possibly a match made in heaven.

  • Hmmmm…the “Brooklyn Blades.”

    Wait, scratch that.

  • Multi-use is great. Only drawback is that Long Island hockey fans are among the lowest of the species.

  • I live and own in Fort Greene, and am a Canadian female who would go to Islanders games to watch more interesting teams play against them. Enough hating and stereotyping of hockey fans!

  • “Enough hating and stereotyping of hockey fans!”

    What fans? Ha ha! Just kidding.

    I’m an Islander fan back to Potvin, Gilles, Bossy and Trots. Not so much now. It would be great to have them in Brooklyn.

  • ” If they could move the team to a Canadian market like Quebec or Hamilton with a 20,000 seat arena and a rabid fan base”

    They’re rabid, but will they pay to go to games? There was an NHL team in Quebec (Nordiques) some time ago – it failed. NYC (Brooklyn) is the #1 media market and merchandising would obstensibly cover the arena’s small size v. others.

    • It is a bit weird that Canadian fans haven’t supported pro hockey teams incredibly well. Perhaps it’s because there are only what, 30 million people in the country? That’s barely bigger than the NY metro. And with the Sens, Canucks, Flames, Canadiens, Leafs, maybe that’s just a saturation point.

      Or maybe it’s a we love the sport, don’t support the pro team sort of thing. With as many baseball players as there are that come out of Florida, and as many Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, you’d think they wouldn’t have the two lowest attendance teams in baseball…

    • Yeah, the Nordiques still have my favorite jersey (except maybe for the Whalers). Winnipeg 2.0 will be an interesting test between now and 2015 when Wang’s lease runs out in Uniondale as to whether a city with a small but devoted fanbase will turn out the second time around.

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  • Would be fine if there were no parking and the fans all came by train. But we know that’s not happening.