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Barclays Center execs “remain very interested” in housing Islanders

Aug 31, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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Less than a month ago, the developer of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Bruce Ratner, said he was “trying like hell” to get the New York Islanders to move to his shiny rusty new arena.

Yesterday, Barclays chief executive Brett Yormark told Newsday they “remain very interested” in housing the club once its lease runs out at the dilapidated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in 2015.

But could it actually happen if a new rink can’t be built in Nassau?

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Newsday that moving the Isles to Brooklyn is “an intriguing possibility. But there’s a lot of road between here and there.”

The Barclays Center isn’t an ideal option by any means. Its seating capacity for hockey is just 14,500, which would make it the smallest in the NHL.

Related: Barclays Center will have a horseshoe seating configuration

  1. davebabychreturns - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    People talk about the Barclays Center as being too small for hockey but the fact is it could hold an average sized Islanders crowd with 1000 empty seats left over.

    If the Islanders ever become a big draw they could always raise ticket prices; look at the Winnepeg Jets, they play in a building many think is too small but with the second highest average ticket price in the league they are getting by.

    It would hardly be ideal but given ownership’s track record trying to get a new facility built it might just be the best option.

  2. bcisleman - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    The potential Nassau developers seem to agree that it will take government funding to get it done in Uniondale. That probably means a federal project. Short of that, I don’t see the Isles staying in Uniondale.

    Apart from that, there are two options. They could have a temporary home in Brooklyn while an arena is built in Queens alongside CitiField. Alternatively, if the Isles commit to Brooklyn, the developers there could renovate Barclay’s to accomodate a larger crowd.

  3. tmoore4075 - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I hope they stay on Long Island. Whether it’s Brooklyn or whatever. If this is the place than great. Yeah they’ve stunk for a while but would hate to see the team move to KC or QC.

  4. comeonnowguys - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    This really is the path of least resistance.

  5. snarkybklyn - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Spring for the licensing fee to call them the Brooklyn Hockey Dodgers and you’ll sell out every game. Get it done!

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