The Barclays Center will never be the Nassau Coliseum we as New York Islanders fans should accept and understand that. At Sunday night’s home opener, I saw some improvements were made and for the most part things went smoothly.
From the start of the first introductions, I could tell this crowd was ready to go. This game felt like a home opener mixed with a playoff game emotion. Maybe it had something to do with the New York Islanders going 0-2-0, or how the season ended last may that brought this feeling on.
As the game was ready to go the crowd roared and chants rang out on all sides of the building. The blue and orange fan group banged their drum as the team looked to score a goal for the first time at Barclays center this season.
Islanders fans were excited and engaged from the start. The feeling of the whole team coming together at center ice and raising their sticks to the fans, makes you feel like the season has officially started.
It’s Not Always Perfect
The players want to feel as much at home as the fans do John Tavares told SNY TV the other day “It’s like we’re playing at the Coliseum. It’s not always perfect, but we get great support from our fans,” John Tavares said of the building. “We want to play good hockey and be tough to play against here.”
The best thing Islanders fans can do is help make Barclays feel more like home. The transition hasn’t been easy for both the players or fans. However, by making Barclays feel like home Islanders fans and players will feel like every game is winnable. For the fans that do not feel that way, look at what Tavares is saying and think if he likes it here why can’t I like it too?
Season two at Barclays center is underway if it’s anything like last season it will be exciting and eventful. Let’s hope things will run much more smoothly this season, and fans will accept change and fill some seats.
We don’t truly know how long the Islanders will be playing in Brooklyn. So for now sit back and relax and dream we go further than a second round bye this season.