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Brooklyn arena builder is “trying like hell” to get the Islanders to move there

Aug 2, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

Shawn Jay-Z Carter, Bruce Ratner AP

The builder of Barclays Center in Brooklyn really wants to have the New York Islanders call his arena home.

Bruce Ratner tells Denis Hamill of the New York Daily News that while having the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets make his new urban palace their home turf is great, adding a once proud NHL franchise to his list of tenants would be perfect.

“And I am trying like hell to get the Islanders to make Barclays Center their new hockey home,” says Ratner, sweeping his hand across the big arena where workers in cherry-picker buckets installed acoustic panels on the domed ceiling as others installed black seats. “They will play a pre-season game here against the Devils.”

If that preseason game doesn’t wind up canceled by a lockout, it’ll make for an intriguing audition for the NHL there. The one issue that sticks out is how it only holds roughly 14,500 for hockey and the quality of the sight lines has come into question. If it all plays out well with minimal issues, Isles owner Charles Wang will have a heck of an option to play in his hopes to keep the Islanders in New York.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Problem is, what’s their gate revenue gonna look like if the Islanders continue to not make the playoffs? This isn’t a true relocation so it’s not like the city will be overjoyed to have a team when it never really left. I know a lot of folks will compare this to Winnipeg but A) Winnipeg hadn’t had an NHL team for 15 years, B) Winnipeg is nuts for hockey, C) they’ve sold 13k season tickets for an arena that holds 15k, and D) they’ve been making hand over fist in merch sales, not to mention that they have a solid organization that the fans trust in.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      well a smaller arena means less empty seats. a move to a denser population center could attract more fans, especially those from the city wanting to watch the rangers, or those from nj wanting to watch the devils. hell even philly is less than an hour away on public transportation. the cheap ticket sales would definitely attract those crowds. not to mention nassau colloseum is dated. extremely dated, for the sports modern transition.

      make the move, keep the name, fill the seats, everyone wins.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        It can mean less empty seats but that’s still no guarantee. If the Islanders had played at Barclays last season, on average they still wouldn’t have filled it so demand wouldn’t really change much. Yes, the percentage looks much better than a bigger arena but when you’re averaging ~13k/game, it still looks bad. Plus, how many Philly/NYR/NJD fans came out to Nassau? I don’t think moving to Barclays will make a whole lot of difference, but that’s just my opinion.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        The problem is with less seats you have to charge more, Winnipeg’s ticket prices are pretty high. Could the Islanders do that when as you’ve said there are plenty of other hockey options close by?

  2. sidsthickmeatbayonet - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    i will stab you with my chunky flesh meat bayonet directly in your hore hole. SCA wont go away!! ahhhh

  3. micasa81 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Moderators, we are begging you: start banning people or screening comments on PHT. The SCA thing is getting completely out of hand. Personally, I am less inclined to visit the site when I know that these posters, with their disgusting handles, will be spewing irrelevant garbage on every single article. It’s dragging down the quality (and profitability) of your blog, big-time.

    • kitshky - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      (poster …and his schoolmates at most)

    • jl9830 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Agree. It makes the whole site suffer when these morons troll the threads.

  4. hitem396 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    here’s a thing. finacial issue is not just about the number of attendance. there s much more way to make profit.

    now,, NYI needs to get people interested in its team, if new arena is the way, they need to consider of it
    seriously who cares about nyi rith now? but if they go, they can get intention, new fans, if they (must) make good seasons, BOom! restart!

  5. chazxcore - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Honestly, if I was going to go to an out of town game, I would much rather go to see a hockey game in Brooklyn than Long Island…but that is just me.

  6. sidsthickmeatbayonet - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    wahhhhh micasa shut up and get out of SCAs blog. this is pro crosby talk now go blast ur hole with a pool stick. THE ARMY HAS SPOKEN

  7. chubbedjox - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Thats right, this is all about Soup Can Sid. Get out if u cant handle his manliness and size! SCA SCA SCA!!

  8. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Wait a minute…what if…maybe the SCA is the PHT bloggers trolling their own pages? It would explain why they’re still here.

  9. sabatimus - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The Isles won’t need that many seats anyway.

  10. ricepilof - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says about the Islanders current arena. It may be old but it gets soooooo loud in there. I went there once and it reminded me of the old Boston garden. I miss that arena. They don’t make em like they used to!

    • theenutty - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      They sure dont. I miss the mellon/civic arena here in Pit. Sure It was kind of a dump, but it was a great hockey barn, unlike the corporate tailored palace Consol Energy Center.

  11. dbara43 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It seems to me that 3 hockey teams in the greater New York metropolitan area is one too many.

  12. muir6 - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    As a Ranger fan this would be sick, that rivalry was so great in late seventies and eighties. Islanders need to get out of mosaleam

  13. theenutty - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    This is really the only viable option for isles mamgement, unless they are holding out to see if they are indeed going to go ahead with the new arena in Quebec, but thats years away. Brooklyn is an immediate solution, and with no long term committment to the Nassau, it seems kind of like a no brainer…

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