Update, 2:20pm: Owner Charles Wang says there are 400 seats that are “less than desirable” and notes that it is up to Yormark and his team to adjust.
Original Story: This morning, the Islanders took the Long Island Railroad from Garden City to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A large group made the trip with about 50 players and many members of the media in attendance.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark has been giving the media a tour of the arena, and told those in attendance that the arena will seat 15,813 fans for hockey. It is not clear if that number includes seats that may have obstructed views.
This estimate has increased from the 14,500 figure that had been discussed since the move to Brooklyn was announced. The new seating total is also only 357 seats short of the 16,170 that the Nassau Coliseum currently holds, although the Coliseum does not have many, if any, obstructed view seats.
Yormark commented that the arena’s large scoreboard will make up for some of the sightline issues on one side of the arena. You can see the scoreboard, which is off-center in the following shot from News12′s Kevin Maher:
The Islanders Stanley Cup banners have also been moved to the Barclays for this event.
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