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Report: Isles in talks to play preseason game in Brooklyn

Jan 12, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

Barclays Center

Interesting story out of New York, where it’s being reported by WFAN that “the Islanders are in discussions to host a preseason game next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the future home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.”

Could the Barclays Center be the solution to the Isles’ arena woes? The club’s lease at the obsolete Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum runs out at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Now, last I checked, the capacity for hockey in the Barclays Center is just 14,500, as it designed with basketball in mind. So that could be an issue.

Currently, the NHL’s smallest building is the MTS Centre in Winnipeg (15,004).

  1. fpfd480 - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    A seating capacity of 14,500 could be an issue? The current seating capacity for hockey at the Nassau Colisuem is 16,297 and the Islanders RARELY sell out. We’re concerned about 1,797 empty seats? By my read .. Islanders home games might actually look more intimidating if the seats are filled! If by some miracle they start making the playoffs annually and their tickets become “hard to get” then let’s worry about adding another 1,800 seats … right now addressing the DUMP that is their current home IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT! LIRR Islanders express trains to Babylon, Hempstead, Hicksville and Ronkonkoma following home games (there are 6 tracks at Atlantic Terminal) … HOMERUN! Make this happen!

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