Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:At the end of the Islanders/Devils game in Brooklyn on Saturday night, we asked you to rate and respond about your experience at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The reviews, suffice to say, were a mixed bag. Some fans loved it, some hated it but it seemed like there was a good deal of reviews in the middle. The majority of the reviews came online in this comment thread.
In all, we got 34 responses that were lengthy and passionate. Out of those 34, 28 rated the experience on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the best rating. The average rating of those 28 respondents came out to exactly 2.996, or 3-out-of-5. Fans are literally divided about the arena (however, they are united in agreement that the urinals have some cool features).
Of those 34 respondents, 18 included the price they paid for the ticket and that came out to an average of $57.80 per seat. The highest price paid was $120 and the lowest were two people who paid $20. One of those who said they paid $20 said they specifically picked the unobstructed side and loved their seats. The other did just about the opposite.
The following are some excepts from the reviews we received, along with that person’s rating of the entire experience. When possible, we’ve hyperlinked to the full review so that you can read the person’s entire comments to give them more context.
A lot of people noticed that the concessions on the upper level of the facility were packed…
- Scott D, No Rating
About those urinals…
- Scott C,
It could’ve been worse. Not sure that’s the feeling one should have after visiting a brand new arena.
The train works out really well if you live in NYC limits…
But we had a lot of people who didn’t enjoy the train….
- Ethan G,
It seems like it may have depended upon which train line you were on, and the further out you were in LI, the worse off you were.
Scouting out your tickets may be the way to go…
- Dan C,
No seriously, it’s probably the way to go…
Seriously, about those trains:
But really, those urinals are fancy:
Let’s pick it up at #10 on the complaints list…
11. Yes, my seats were toward the top, but soo much higher than those seats in the coliseum.
12. When you look down at the ice it just looks like it doesn’t belong there…
13. There is going to be a brand new coliseum built and they are going to be stuck in a basketball arena with no seats behind a net? It’s absurd. It really is. Yes it’s a nice building, the concourse is wide, it has good food and theres public transportation. Thats wonderful, but it doesn’t mean anything if the actual game experience sucks…
14. I have season tickets right now and if this is how it is going to be there is no chance in hell i am buying tickets for the barclays center…I will watch the games on tv.
New Jersey weighs in:
Those customer service folks were cheery. Almost too cheery…
The description “movie theater-like” also came up a couple times…
Unfortunately, it might be a problem if you’re not willing to pay for the seats with the view…
- Mike B,