The New New York Islanders

While we’re enjoying the remainder of October with without NHL hockey, let’s turn our eyes to the Islanders.  The Islanders made a pretty huge announcement today regarding their arena.  Specifically, they announced that they’ll no longer be playing in Uniondale.  They will however, be playing in Brooklyn starting in the 2015-16 season.

THINGS IN MY HEAD

  • Originally, I thought there would be a flood of outrage.  After all that the Islander fan base has been put through, the team is picking up and moving.  But, they’re only moving about 30 miles west.  That’s not too bad, right?

Dan is happy the whole arena thing is over. Goes on to say that no one is angry at the team or Charles Wang for that matter.  States he can take the train to the game, and that it’s just 25 extra minutes from Suffolk county.   Not the exact sentiment that I first expected, glad at least he’s happy.

If Botta’s happy, then Islanders fans should be happy.  They’re getting a brand new arena to play in, and the agreement is for 25 years.  You can’t be upset if you’re an Islanders fan.

Until you see this.

Photo courtesy barclayscenter.com

This is the ticket map of the now cancelled preseason game between the Islanders and the NJ Devils that was slated to take place a few weeks ago.

And, uh, wow.

I’m 100% honest when I say that I’m glad that the history of the Islanders is kept intact and will be preserved in this move. I’m glad that they’re not moving to Kansas or Seattle or Lincoln, Nebraska. But if this is the seating arrangement that everybody’s going to see in three years…just, wow.

Four limited view sections?  Fans love those.  Barclays Center is listed at having a capacity of just 14,500 for hockey (but over 17K for basketball) which would make it the smallest arena based on capacity in the NHL.  Couldn’t temporary seating be wheeled in the lower level?

Get past the questions about seating, and I’m glad for the Islanders, but especially glad for their fans.  Uprooting a four time Stanley Cup championship team and moving them to God knows where is bad business for any league, especially one that’s been battling a bad public relations image since forever.

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