Islanders Offer Free Playoff Tixs to Retain Current Season Ticket Holders, Hint at Non-NVMC Games

Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference last night when they earned a point in Washington, DC. With only ten games to go in the regular season, the playoffs are looking like a distinct possibility for the team. It’s been a long time since there has been so much optimism in Islanders County and, in either a stroke of luck or a savvy move by the sales department, current season ticket holders received renewal letters in the mail this week.

In the letter, the team aimed high; asking fans for a two-year commitment for the final two seasons at the Coliseum due by April 25th and payable within 10 months. But, to counter that heavy commitment, the team is also giving out a pretty interesting perk. They’re offering up free first round playoff tickets for the springs of 2013, 2014, and 2015. Clearly wishful thinking and, in all honesty, a gamble for the ticket buyer.

There’s also an asterisk in there in case the team plays regular season home games somewhere other than the Coliseum. Could that be in reference to a move to Brooklyn before they are currently scheduled to after the 2014-15 season?

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As you can see in the image at right, the “Platinum Plan” requires a two-year commitment, all of which would be paid in the next ten months and committed to by April 25th. That’s the second to last day of the season for the Isles. The main perks of the plan:

  • Free first round tickets if the Isles make the playoffs in any, or all, of the next three seasons
  • Prices locked in over the two-year commitment
  • Free parking for two years
  • Two free events at the Barclays Center

At the end of the plan outline, there’s a huge ‘please note’ section that is essentially an asterisk. It states that fans can receive refunds or credits if the team plays regular season games outside of the Coliseum in the next two years. So, if the Islanders play regular season games in Europe or move to Brooklyn anytime before the end of the 2014-15 season, fans who paid for games at the Coliseum will be reimbursed. Of course, it doesn’t specifically say the word ‘Brooklyn’ anywhere in that section so assuming that’s what they had in mind is conjecture.

However, on twitter one fan said he had spoken with a ticket rep who told him that section of the letter “is in reference to Brooklyn… You can get a refund for the difference for the 2nd season or carry the money over to Brooklyn.”

Whether it’s just legalese or a sign of the team’s intention to move early is up for debate. Playing regular season games away from the Coliseum is something they’re not allowed to do under the current lease unless the NHL relocates a game or an agreement with the County is made.

In the meantime, what are the chances of three years of playoff hockey?

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