NY ISLANDERS IN BROOKLYN? In Talks with Barclays Center to Play Preseason Game

 

Is this a preemptive strike?

As I first reported on Twitter on Thursday the Islanders are in discussions to host a preseason game next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the future home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

This is not the first time the Islanders have used another venue to push the reality that at the end of the 2014-15 season their lease with Nassau Coliseum ends. During the 2008-09 season when Kansas City was considered their hot relocation destination, the Islanders announced they’d be taking on the Los Angeles Kings in a preseason game the following season at the brand-new downtown Spirit Center.

While there has been no movement between the Islanders and Nassau County on a new or refurbished arena, and a clear message has been sent that the team is not presently for sale, more possible routes could open if Brooklyn, Suffolk County or Queens were to make guarantees.

 

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About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated, TSN.ca, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at HockeyIndependent.com.

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  1. Ed Flanagan says:

    As Islanders season ticket holder and a Brooklyn resident, playing at the Barclays Center makes too much sense even for the Islander management. The last time I looked Brooklyn is on Long Island.

    Too bad that the arena got downsized during the court battles, but the building is up and will open in nine months and in time to play a pre-season game if there is a 2012-13 NHL season.

    Maybe this would light a fire under TOH and Nassau County to do something with the Coliseum or face an empty building in 3 years. Don’t hold your breath with the stuck on stupid crowd between Queens and Suffolk.

    If Queens and Suffolk are serious about building an arena they got to get going NOW! with the environmental impact studies, the financing and the building.

    I predict that the New York Islanders will playing at the Barclays Center for the 2015 home opener!

    Where’s the “Q” train and the B41 bus when you need it?