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Barclays Center will have a horseshoe seating configuration

May 17, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

On Oct. 2 the New York Islanders will play a preseason game at the Barclays Center, the new Brooklyn arena that could become the franchise’s home once its lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015.

Key word there: could. The NHL is still hoping a new arena can be built closer to its current rink. But if not, the Barclays Center is an option.


A – Barclays Center
B – Nassau Coliseum

One of the major drawbacks to the Barclays Center is its NHL configuration, which includes just 14,500 seats. (The building was designed for the NBA’s Nets.)

Via Brooklyn Daily, here’s the seating chart for the preseason Islanders game (vs. New Jersey):


So basically the whole left side will be empty.

At first glance, it doesn’t look great to me. But maybe that’ll be part of its charm? It’ll be the horseshoe rink. Sort of like Fenway is the park with the big green wall.

Whatever. I’m just trying to be positive. So sue me.

The good folks at Islanders Point Blank have known about this for longer than us, so click on over to see what they think.

  1. lewdood - May 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Is it just me, or does it look like they could use the seats on the left end of the arena, but they’re simply not using them for now? Maybe because it’s only a preseason game?

    • lewdood - May 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Oh — just followed the link. Guess you’d need either the neck of Plastic-Man or x-ray vision to see the goal if you sat in those end seats…

    • bagjr387 - May 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      maybe thats the “shoot twice” end and they assume the islanders wont be very good…..

  2. dallasstars9 - May 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    When you build an arena specific for one sport – that’s usually a bad idea.

  3. wicky888 - May 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    The seats will be empty no matter where they are.

  4. jimw81 - May 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    They could make up for lack if seats for standing room

  5. bcisleman - May 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    My guess is that one of two things will happen: Isles will use Barclay’s as a temporary home while NVMC is being given a thorough renovation or a new arena is built elsewhere in the NY area (my guess is the old Shea site in Queens) or additional work is done on Barclay’s once it’s clear the Isles will be a permanent tenant to make the seast on the left usable and the arena more NHL-friendly.

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Just move them up to Hartford and resurrect the Whalers and Brass Bonanza as their goal song

  7. dougr42 - May 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM


  8. barkar942 - May 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Looks like Boardwalk Hall in AC when the Bullies played there. The one end of the rink was right up against the stage.

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