Bruce Ratner “Trying Like Hell” to Get the Islanders to Brooklyn

Kevin Schultz

I’ll have more on Nassau’s RFQ tomorrow but for now let’s check in with the Daily News who had Barclays Center’s Bruce Ratner boasting about his new arena. He’s got reason to do it, too. The BC looks like it will be a very serious challenger to MSG and the Prudential Center, currently the area’s newest and best places to catch a concert. Ratner also briefly touched on the Islanders and the possibility of them playing in Brooklyn:

“And I am trying like hell to get the Islanders to make Barclays Center their new hockey home,” says Ratner, sweeping his hand across the big arena where workers in cherry-picker buckets installed acoustic panels on the domed ceiling as others installed black seats. “They will play a pre-season game here against the Devils.”