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Islanders’ Brooklyn debut gets mixed reviews

Sep 22, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

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Last night saw Barclays Center in Brooklyn get its first shot at hosting hockey as the Islanders faced the New Jersey Devils. While the Islanders came away as 3-0 losers, it was the arena being judged the hardest and the reviews are mixed as Allan Kreda of The New York Times reports.

Coaches and players seemed to love Barclays Center. Isles coach Jack Capuano praised the atmosphere. Travis Hamonic also had a rave review.

“It’s an unbelievably cool place,” he said. “It makes you look forward to being here. I thought the rink was great.”

As for the fans, the people who will have to pay hundreds of dollars for tickets, there were some complaints.

“You get the creature comforts of a new arena, but I was unimpressed with the spectator area,” 23-year-old Megan Leach said. “There were a lot of terrible sight lines.”

When the New York Islanders announced they would be moving to Brooklyn in 2015, fans were curious how a building constructed without hockey in mind, Barclays Center, would work out. Now they have an idea what needs to be worked out before the team is there full-time.

Related: Video: Devils’ Jacob Josefson scores first goal in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

  1. gmsalpha - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Better to find out now, so the sight lines can be remedied by the time the team is there full-time. Smart move to get a live preview in this early.

  2. avfanforlife - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Just looked at the floorplan of the arena. Definitely some “NHL Fluff” with this article. Megan Leach is right. Who in their right mind would put a professional hockey team in a venue like that? I’m sure there are some good seats, but (and I probably will not get a chance to see a game there in person) my guess is the Isles need a venue of their own.

  3. jrocknstuff - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Isles won’t ever get another venue of their own. They’ve been trying to get out of Nassau Colliseum for the past 15 years. They have had at least 4 votes struck down to build again on the island. It was either this or move to Hartford. Still, I’m not quite sure how you fix sightlines? The seats don’t move. The rink isn’t going to move. I can’t see this ending well

  4. rmmetfwd - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    One young lady’s complaints amount to “mixed reviews”? I was sitting in one of the worst seats in the house last night (at least according to price) and thought the sight lines were solid. The steepness of the nosebleed sightline might be a bit vertigo-inducing at first, but it’s far better than the crap views some fans are subjected to in “buildings built for hockey” like the Prudential Center.

    • devilsarethebest - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      The Rock was actually built in a way that there are no “bad” seats, you can see the game well from anywhere. I can’t confirm because I never actually sat in the nosebleeds but it’s what I hear.

      • rmmetfwd - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Every new building claims to be built in a way that there are no bad seats. At Prudential Center, the 400s are absolutely miserable. They didn’t rake the seating enough.

      • 950003cups - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM


        Glad you mentioned that! Too bad there aren’t any “400 seats”
        You almost pulled it off. Nice try though. Next time you try and act like you have a clue about anything, look it up online.

  5. amaleader - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    at least u guys are better then the devils be happy u dont play at the retirement home.. i mean prudential center

    • nj666 - Sep 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      dont you have a book report to finish?

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    fine demolish it and build another one :p

  7. steelers88 - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Would it be the newest NHL arena?

    • rmmetfwd - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Yep, though by 2015 we might have NHL teams in brand new arenas in Seattle or the GTA.

  8. ryanoffski - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Is the jumbotron not lined up with center ice?

  9. heynyc61 - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I’ve been to a bunch of games at the rock. Upper bowl. Lower bowl. Center ice behind the goal. Great place.

  10. bcisleman - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    The pity of it is that the NVMC has possibly the best sightlines in the NHL. If it had just been maintained properly and been given a decent reno, the Isles could have stayed put. Hopefully Barclay’s can be improved by 2015-16.

  11. multiplemiggs - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I was at the game, its not made for hockey plain simple. Yes the scoreboard hangs over one of the blue lines into the zone. I heard talk of them actually turning the rink 45 degrees and stuffing it in crooked somehow. I cant see how thats possible. I have also been to the rock and its great for hockey. its like a bigger barclays center, set up the same inside. the 300s are also steep but its built for hockey. as for the concessions area the rock is much bigger and nicer as to where barclays is smaller.

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