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Isles announce preseason game at Barclays Center

Apr 9, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

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The New York Islanders were supposed to play a preseason game at their future home on Oct. 2, 2012. Unfortunately, that lockout thing got in the way.

Today, the Isles announced they’ll try again on Sept. 21, 2013, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The preseason game will mark the first NHL game ever played in Brooklyn.*

“We are delighted to give Brooklyn a sneak peak at its future hometown NHL team this September as we welcome the Islanders to Barclays Center for the first time,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a release. “There’s a lot of excitement about professional hockey bound for Brooklyn, where the Islanders have a terrific opportunity to grow their fan base and build their brand. The team is showing great resurgence this season, with young star John Tavares, and is on the verge of making the playoffs. We’re proud to continue to bring top sports and entertainment to Barclays Center and we look forward to welcoming Brooklyn’s newest team.”

It will be interesting to see how the rink looks when set up for hockey. For more on that, click here.

*The old Brooklyn Americans played in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden. For more on that, click here.

Related: Isles could reportedly leave Nassau after next season (not the season after that)

  1. bcisleman - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    If they had played the 2012 game, it would’ve been the first major league sporting event held in Brooklyn since the Dodgers left. I understand that, with the Isles committed, the arena owners will reconfigure the place to make it more hockey friendly and allow more seating than the current 14,500.

  2. DonkeyStick - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    And they’ll get more at that preseason game than any regular season game next year

  3. jdrew506 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Can’t wait to go to my first game at Barclay’s. Not sure if they should expand the arena for the first season, would rather see them make sure they fill it every game first. It hurts the team and is kinda sad to always be playing to a half empty arena. I have faith that they have turned a corner and are and will be relevant in the years to come and the crowds will come back.

  4. 50milessouthofdetroit - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Good luck to the Islanders when they move to the other side of the island….

  5. 950003cups - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Are there any parking lots there? I heard there are very few

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