Devils 3, Islanders 0: Barclays Center Shines in NHL Debut

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN — The Barclays Center impressed in its NHL debut… The Islanders didn’t do quite the same in their Brooklyn debut.

Corey Schneider and the New Jersey Devils shutout the Isles 3-0 Saturday night in the building New York will soon be calling home. Schneider made 26 saves in the New Jersey win, but the really story of the night was the venue to two teams were playing in.

A lot of talk about the seating, sight lines, and the fact fans would have to take the train dominated the conversation leading up to the arena’s hockey debut. But when all was said and done, the building passed the test for the most part. An announced crowd of 14,689 was on hand at Barclays and the fans Islanders Point Blank spoke with seemed happy with their future home.

“For me it was just about getting them to stay in New York. As long as they’re in New York, that’s perfect,” said Mike Stasiuk from Hicksville.
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Isles Treating Barclays Center Game Like a Normal Preseason Contest

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Saturday night’s preseason matchup against the New Jersey Devils will be a glimpse into what life will be like when the Islanders move to Brooklyn in 2015.

The exhibition contest between the Devils and Islanders will be the first NHL game to take place in the borough of Brooklyn, as well as the first hockey game to take place at the Barclays Center.

It wont be the first time the Isles have visited their future home.

The Islanders opened training camp last Thursday with a practice at the Brooklyn venue. Now the team will get a feel for what it is like to play in front of a crowd in Brooklyn.

“I think everyone is looking forward to playing that game,” forward Colin McDonald said after Friday’s practice at Nassau Coliseum. “Obviously it’s going to give us a little sneak peak of what’s to come in two years. I thought we had a lot of fun just even in the opening of training camp there and seeing the new building. It will be nice to see what it’s like with all the lights on and the scoreboard going, and obviously the fans in there.”

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Isles and Media Get to Know the Barclays Center

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN — The Islanders spent Thursday getting to know their future home and the transportation system their Long Island fanbase will have to utilize once the team relocates in 2015.

Starting in Garden City, the team boarded a Long Island Rail Road train to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The trip took roughly 45 minutes to get to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and many of the players didn’t find it to be that bad.

“We’re just a short train ride in,” Travis Hamonic said while speaking  to reporters on the train. “Today we’re seeing the simplicity of it. It’s nice and with we can hopefully gain some more fans in Brooklyn and the neat thing is we’re not alienating our fans on Long Island.”

Josh Bailey described the trip as quick and easy. “I think it will make it a lot easier for the fans,” he said.

After arriving at Atlantic Terminal and taking the short walk over to the arena, the team was greeted by Brett Yormark and Bruce Ratner in the plaza. When they made their way inside, Ratner gave the Islanders another warm welcome.

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Islander Jersey and Colors to Remain, but New Third Jersey in the Works

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN – Since the announced move to Brooklyn, Islander fans have feared that a change in venue would result in change in team colors and uniforms. The hand off of control of the team’s business operations to the Barclays Center has fueled that fire even further, especially after the Isles website had a makeover that featured a lot of Brooklyn Nets black and white.

However, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark put those fears to bed Thursday morning when he told reporters that the Islanders colors would not change.

“Charles and I have decided is that the Islander colors as they are today will be the same when they get here. The name will be the same,” Yormark said during the Islanders first day of training camp, which was being held in Brooklyn.

Rumors of a potential change in the team’s historic colors have led to fans using social media to voice their displeasure with the idea to Yormark himself. And their comments did not fall on deaf ears.

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Wang: Isles Could Play Games in Brooklyn Before 2015

Addressing reporters this afternoon at the Barclays Center, Islanders owner Charles Wang said that the team would “be open to playing a few regular season games at Barclays over the next two years,” prior to the team moving there permanently at the end of the 2014-15 season. Wang also noted that the plan is currently to continue to play out the lease at the Coliseum, and not move to Brooklyn permanently before the end of the lease.

Barclays Center to Seat Nearly 16,000 for Hockey

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.

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Inept Nassau Pols Would Like the Islanders to Stay

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

If there’s one thing that’s been consistent throughout the Coliseum development of the last 10-plus years, it has got to be the inability for Nassau County politicians — both at the County level and lower levels, both Democrat and Republican — to put aside partisan politics and attempt to work on any kind of solution that would keep the Islanders in Nassau County.

On Monday, the new Bruce Ratner-led plan for the Coliseum that appears to be the one that will finally lead to shovels in the ground (but to be on the safe side, don’t hold your breath) got approval from some county committees and will now head to a vote in the legislature on September 23rd. After that, the final step will be approval from NIFA.

Now that a revamped Coliseum seems to be headed for the finish line and the Islanders are tucked safely away in a 25-year “iron-clad” lease with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a few Nassau politicians are voicing that they would — pretty please with sugar on top — like to find a way to keep the team in Nassau.

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