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Testing the place out? Islanders to play preseason game in Brooklyn

Jan 31, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets Basketball AP

Remember when the Islanders were kicking around the idea of playing a preseason game in Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center?

That idea is actually going to happen as the Islanders announced that they will face the New Jersey Devils on October 2 at the new arena in Brooklyn. While the arena itself opens on September 28, the Islanders game will be the first hockey game to be played in what will be the new home of the New Jersey Nets.

The announcement of the Isles playing a game in Brooklyn also works as a way for Islanders owner Charles Wang to see how the place fits as a possible future home for the team. The Islanders’ troubles in getting a new arena in Uniondale and Hempstead on Long Island have made their future in the area an uncertain one and if things play out well, Wang could try to have the team move into the digs in Brooklyn.

The one catch with Barclays Center when it comes to hosting hockey, however, is that the arena seats just 14,500. With that as the maximum capacity, it would make it the smallest arena in the league, even smaller than Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

  1. cbjfan75 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    That would still make a sell out in Brooklyn better than a normal night on the Isle as it is, correct?

  2. bcisleman - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    A lot of the traditional fanbase would object to a trip to Brooklyn. To me, the choices seem to be a renovation of the existing structure which has very good sight lines or a move to the old Shea site and construction of a parking garage serving the new arena and CitiField. The sooner this is resolved, the better it will be for the team.

  3. RoseTintedVisor - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    A lot of the traditional fanbase can go scratch. I drive from Brooklyn for 10 games a year WITH NO MASS TRANSIT OPTION. They can come west via a LIRR trip very easily. The entitlement is absurd. Good for Brooklyn and good for the Islanders.

    • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      They won’t go scratch and they won’t come is my point. Queens would be better…closer and a more familiar site for Long Islanders going to sporting events.

  4. davebabychreturns - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The one thing I don’t get about this Islanders-to-Brooklyn storyline is, why is nobody making hipster jokes yet?

  5. nhlbruins90 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Maybe a 14,500 seat arena can work in Brooklyn. If demand for the seats exceeds supply, the tickets will be pricey. New York, particularly right there in Brooklyn, should be able to support high ticket prices. Total revenue isn’t based solely on seating capacity.

    Put on a good show each night, each year. Give the people a fun place to spend an evening. Why the hell wouldn’t that work in Brooklyn?

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