If a rumor is to be believed, the New York Islanders might be playing their last home game at the Barclays Center this season.
Splitting home games between two arena’s isn’t ideal for the New York Islanders and their fans. Going between the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale makes it difficult for players and fans a like.
It’s an incredibly unique but ultimately temporary situation until the Islanders new home arena is built and then opened at Belmont Park.
But according to Metro.us, the Islanders might just be done with the double mortgage situation quite soon enough.
It seems that sources at Metro.us indicate the New York Islanders will make the switch to the Nassau Coliseum for all 41 home games for the 2019-2020 regular season.
Meaning that the last game to be played at the Barclays center will be on February 16th against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. At least tentatively.
If the Isles make the move to Nassau it would officially end what was an absolute disaster relationship between the Islanders and the Barclays Center.
I know that the Barclays Center was the only way the Islanders could stay in New York, but the venue clearly never cared for their tenant.
We all know about the off center scoreboard, the obstructed views, no banners, and poor ice quality. It really was a terrible place to play hockey. It all culminated with a report in January of 2017 that Barclays wanted the Isles to leave.
Moving to the Nassau Coliseum just makes sense. The players want to play there. The fans want to watch hockey there. It’s win-win. It might even help a dire attendance issue for the Isles.
The Islanders rank dead last in the NHL in attendance with an average home crowd of 10,701. A full 2,100 lower than the 30th ranked Carolina Hurricanes.
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The move to Nassau is but a rumor, the Islanders denied that they were moving. At the very least you have to think that the New York Islanders are looking to make this happen. Maybe we’ll know officially at the end of this season.