The New York Islanders are one of three National Hockey League (NHL) franchises that play home games in New York or neighboring New Jersey. This team, which was founded forty one years ago in 1974, has played almost all its games against visiting teams in Nassau County, Long Island.
That will change in the upcoming 2015-2016 Season when the squad from the suburbs becomes an urban force as the first-ever National Hockey League team to call Brooklyn, New York home.
This developing young squad will begin playing its games at Barclays Center in October when the new hockey year gets started. Opened just a year ago, this sparkling new building in an area of Brooklyn referred to by locals as “downtown,” is at the center of a business and entertainment complex that features lots of new, modern office space, fine shopping and a broad variety of restaurants.
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The arena is easily accessible to residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan because the Long Island railroad station and a New York City subway station are extremely close by. Long Island University and many state and city offices are in buildings that line the streets that are near the handsome complex.
The Barclays Center, as might be expected, features large and comfortable seats, ample leg room and spacious aisles, all designed to enhance a fan’s experience and enjoyment of the game.
Snack bars and food stands in the broad concourse outside the seating area offer visitors a wide and delicious choice of foods, generally at reasonable prices.
This desirable destination is, like most arenas in America, multi-purpose. Its capacity for an ice hockey game is fifteen thousand five hundred seventy-nine. There are even more seats available for basketball. That number rises to seventeen thousand seven hundred thirty-two. Concerts can provide seating for nineteen thousand music lovers.
The Islanders have always played in Nassau Coliseum, a fact that will change when the 2015-2016 Season gets under way.
During the many years of their existence, the arena they called home most often was the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. When that building, and more importantly, the arena in the building began showing signs of age, the Islanders moved to the Izod Center in the Meadowlands Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The team played its games there last season, capping a run of just a few years. New Jersey is not where this team’s fan base is located so moving to Brooklyn will provide access to people that care about this team. Those people live in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island.
The Islanders are not the only tenant in this sparking and exciting environment. It is also home to the New York Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A terrific location, great shopping and dining and ease of transportation all appear to work together to virtually assure a bright future for Barclays Center.
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