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Barclays Center capacity for Isles estimated at 15,813

Sep 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center might need to fill seats on a “quality over quantity” basis for the New York Islanders to make some decent cash. New York Newsday passes along word from the team that the official capacity for hockey is 15,813 fans, which would generate the second smallest maximum crowds of any NHL team as of this writing.

(The Winnipeg Jets’ MTS Centre packs in a league-low 15,004 while the Islanders’ current home Nassau Coliseum comes in second with 16,178.)

However teams might fudge the numbers, the Isles would remain in the lower end of the NHL’s capacity ranks. The Edmonton Oilers’ Rexall Place’s 16,839 (via Stats Hockey) is the only other building that falls below 17,000, and the franchise is pushing for a new building.

Contrast those buildings with the Montreal Canadiens’ cavernous Bell Centre (21,273, also via Stats Hockey) and you get a quick snapshot regarding why the league contains “have and have-nots.”

Now, that doesn’t mean the Isles cannot make a nice buck in Brooklyn, they might just need to test the earning power of all those “hipsters.”

  1. bcisleman - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    There is room to grow in those numbers and you can bet if the Isles become contenders and start packing ’em in, the management will expand to the max.

    • hockey412 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Weren’t they one of the worst teams in the league as far as operating income already, though?

      • jcmeyer10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        They were in a dump of a stadium in a non centralized location. This location change is a godsend for the franchise.

      • islesjb - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Yes they’ve had among the lowest revenues in the league for the last several years. I think Wang has been losing $1M or so annually. Luckily for him, winning changes everything. During the playoff push and during round 1 of the playoffs, the Colosseum was absolutely packed and the fans came back in droves. If they Isles remain competitive, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t, the fans will continue to spend money. The reason they’ve done so poorly these past several years if because they’ve put a poor product on the ice. The rebuild is finally bearing fruit and the fanbase is taking notice. A competitive team will attract new fans from around Brooklyn and keep the original LI fanbase coming back.

        Sad to see the Collo go, but this was the right move for the future of the franchise.

  2. mclovinhockey - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Awww how cute, it’s like an arena only smaller.

  3. killerpgh - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Is it still going to be a “horseshoe” seating (meaning no seating behind one of the nets)? I remember seeing a seating chart for the preseason game that never got played last year. Since a the arena was built for and NBA team (basketball court that is 94 feet long were an NHL rink is 200 feet long) and the angle of the seats wouldn’t allow them to be used one on end.

  4. multiplemiggs - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    hipsters lol when I was growing up there these hipster neighborhoods were complete S holes. my father was a cop here. the precinct was a dump. the cop cars reeked like piss. burning cars sat in the streets and there was graffiti everywhere. These little hippie queens dont know how lucky they have it, nor do they know what real suffering is

  5. derekgagnon - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Easier to pack the house. If supply is less than demand, it can only be good business for the club.

    And they’ll still end up with higher attendance figures 3 teams if they do that.

  6. 950003cups - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    First off, the arena is roughly 300 seats less than The Mausoleum. Charge $1 more per ticket and they’re getting $15,800 for those 300 missing seats. As it is now, they draw at the basement of the league, and couldn’t fill up a high school auditorium. Mainly cause they stink. But also the arena is too old. I say, SCREW the 300 seats, move to the newest building in the league, charge $2 per seat extra, and watch how loud that place will get. That’ll translate to the ice. Look at the Nets, they’re playing in front of an electric crowd. If the league allows them to call themselves the Brooklyn Gas Gaugers (or whatever other thing Brooklyn is famous for) they’ll draw a solid, paying crowd who will adore and adapt and blindly support their team.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    What is this? An arena for ants?

    • hockey412 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      If that was a Zoolander reference, it was awesome :)

      • jcmeyer10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Why yes it was good sir.

  8. guitarmy204 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Aren’t there a good chunk of seats behind the one net that are obstructed big time?

  9. multiplemiggs - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    yes, there is. One entire end of the ice seats wont see crap unless your sitting front row. this is just the way it is right now. construction will have to take place and one of the ideas is to have the rink turned diagonally 45 degrees to fit it in which I think is a horrid idea. This place is not built for hockey and Ratner should just redevelop the coliseum and keep them there.

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Wpg Jets = Smallest arena
    Wpg Jets = Top 10 in the league in revenue

    Size means nothing. Supply & demand is everything

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