CONFIRMED — ISLANDERS MOVING TO BROOKLYN AFTER NASSAU LEASE IS UP (LIVE UPDATES)
Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:
Update, 12:26pm: Ed Mangano released this statement via twitter:
No one has done more to retain the New York Islanders than my administration. I have supported various proposals to redevelop the HUB including a public referendum in which voters chose not to construct a new sports arena. Its sad and unfortunate that political opponents chose to oppose my plan and instead continued to support the Culture of NO on Long Island.
Update, 12:17pm: Ottawa Citizen reporter Wayne Scanlan tweets that he has spoken to Denis Potvin. Writes Scanlan:
Former Isles captain is sad about move to Brooklyn but says,”we have our place in history.”
Update, 12:12pm: The Islanders official website will stream the press conference live.
Update, 12:10pm: Chris Botta writes on Twitter:
Still no confirmation that #Isles move to Brooklyn in 2015 is a PERMANENT relocation. Could be some news (and spin) at presser.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 24, 2012
Update, 11:55am: “#Islanders” is trending worldwide.
Update, 11:36 AM: If you’re interested, here’s what I wrote about the Barclays’ seating configuration in April.
Update, 11:26 AM: The NY Post reports:
The Islanders, who won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983, will keep their name at the insistence of NHL officials.
Update, 11:11 AM: WFAN 660AM is reporting that the Islanders “may be signing a 25-year lease” with the Barclays Center.
10:48AM: The New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn when their lease in Nassau County is up at the end of the 2014-15 season. TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to break the news on Twitter and Islanders Point Blank has confirmed via a source close to the arena.
New York Islanders will indeed be moving to Brooklyn, NY, upon expiry of lease on Long Island.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 24, 2012
We’ll have more on this as news comes in. The Islanders are holding a press conference at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn today at 1pm.