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.
“I use social media for a lot of different reasons,” Yormark explained. “See I do it because I want to hear from the fans and I’ve heard a lot from the fans. They’ve been telling me since day one, since I’ve talked about research, what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I’m not an expert. I feel I’m pretty good at what I do, but I’m not an expert. So I take different consumer opinions, and I have, and they’ve weighed in pretty aggressively. I think we’ve come up with what’s right.”
Fans of the team would most likely agree that he came to the right decision, but the Barclays Center CEO does intend to add a patch to the home and away jerseys that identifies in Brooklyn. The patch would be placed around the shoulder area of the jersey. “We’re working with Charles and the league on that,” he said.
Yormark also intends to revamp the third jersey to appeal Brooklyn.
“What we will do…is introduce a third jersey,” he said. “A second home jersey, and that is where we are going to get a little creative. That is where we will speak to Brooklyn in an authentic way.”
He did not, however, go into specific details as to what the new third jersey would look like.