Barclays Center is not perfect, but can work for hockey

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Brooklyn, N.Y. — It would be safe to say that, to many Islander fans, Friday’s preseason game in Brooklyn was more about seeing what the future home of the team will look like rather than scoping out the team itself. The venue was the topic of discussion for fans on Twitter and for fans in the building.

Barclays Center was not built for hockey. It would be hard to argue against that by any means.

However, to say that it is terrible for hockey would not be accurate either. The thing with Barclays Center is that it has its’ flaws, but it also has a lot of positives. The most obvious being that the building isn’t 43 years old. Nothing against Nassau Coliseum — it’s a building that is great for hockey, but lacks modern amenities and is literally falling apart.


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Report: Isles Considered Leaving Early, Will Stay Put for ’14-15 Season

The Islanders are set to move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn when their lease expires at the end of next season, the 2014-15 season. But, for a time, they bounced around the idea of skipping town a year early according to a report in yesterday’s Newsday.

The Islanders had preliminary discussions in recent months about the team leaving the Uniondale arena at the end of this season, the sources said, but the conversations never advanced and the idea was scrapped.

Deputy County Executive Rob Walker told Newsday that discussions never got to the County level. So, there will be one more go-around at the Old Barn on Hempstead Turnpike.

In April 2013, Point Blank reported that the Islanders were considering the possibility of leaving Nassau a year earlier than their lease required.

Yormark: Minimal Changes to Barclays Setup, Why Coliseum Wouldn’t Work

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Apparently it’s Barclays Center Week here at IPB. More info on the arena front from Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, who was on the Michael Kay Show earlier today discussing the Nets, Islanders and Coliseum renovations. 

As far as renovations of the arena in preparation for the Islanders go, Yormark said that the way the arena was for the pre-season game was mostly how it would look when the Islanders move in.

“For the most part, what the fans saw on the 21st is what they’ll see when the Islanders come here,” Yormark told Kay. “We are thinking about adding some premium seating, which I think will be great for that high-end premium buyer but other than that we’re ready to go.”

Yormark also mentioned that they still need to build a “locker room campus” for the Islanders and other “smaller things” that were needed to accommodate the team. But he said there was “nothing big from the standpoint of having to add additional seating or anything like that.” To read more of this story, click here

Source: Barclays Center Takes on Arena Deal Risk, Isles Get Financial Certainty

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Islanders would receive an annual payment from the Barclays Center when the team relocates there for the 2015-16 season and each year thereafter. The Journal reported that this payment was believed to be in the tens of millions of dollars per year.

A Point Blank source has seconded the WSJ’s report that the team would receive a large annual payment from the Barclays Center and has provided further details. To read more of this story, click here

Report: Barclays Center to Pay Isles Millions Per Year to Relocate to Brooklyn

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Usually when a sports team takes up residence in an arena, the team pays rent to either the company or municipality that owns the arena. It’s a typical landlord/lessee relationship, just on a much bigger scale than normal. Sometimes, teams even get a sweetheart deal on that rent money, as they leverage how badly the municipality wants to keep the team in the city by making not so veiled threats to move or not award Super Bowl hosting rights to the city (the NFL has used this tactic quite well over the years, especially with the ever-present threat of Los Angeles).

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal has a report on the profitability of the Barclays Center, which is apparently not as profitable as its owners originally thought it would be, saying that it is “tens of millions of dollars” behind income estimates. But hidden at the end of the article is the first bit of information we have about the Islanders “iron-clad” 25-year lease with the Barclays Center, and it’s not the typical lease relationship that was described above (emphasis is mine).

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Photos: Nets Banners Take Up Residence at Coliseum

The newly formed partnership between the Barclays Center/Nets and Islanders showed up at the Coliseum. The Nets two ABA Championship banners, which were won while the team called the Coliseum home in the 1970s, returned. The banners had never hung in the same arena as the Islanders Stanley Cup banners before, as the Nets bolted to New Jersey before the Islanders won their first title in 1980. It looks as though the Nets and Islanders are slowly becoming joined at the hip.

Here’s a great picture via @Number1IslesFan, with the Nets banners on the top left:

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And here’s a close-up shot from @JTSchreiner:

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Nassau Coliseum No Longer Covered in Optimum Ads

Screen Shot 2013-10-05 at 12.57.00 PMWhen you head out to the Coliseum for tonight’s home opener against the Blue Jackets, it may look a little bare. Gone are the multiple banners advertising Optimum Wifi and Optimum TV, which covered the Coliseum in recent years. Instead, it’s back to only two banners as depicted in the picture at right, tweeted by Islandermania.  There’s one banner for the Coliseum and one for the Islanders.

The Islanders still have banners depicting current players posted vertically in between the pillars on the Coliseum’s exterior.

For comparison, here’s what the Coliseum looked like last season straight from the Optimum Rewards website:

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In the off-season, Madison Square Garden lost a bid to operate a renovated Nassau Coliseum. Both Optimum and Madison Square Garden are owned by the same parent company, Cablevision, although it is not clear that the loss of the bid and removal of ad banners are related in any way.

The Coliseum had also been fully wired as an “Optimum WiFi hotspot” in previous seasons. Let us know in the comments if that is still the case.