The New York Islanders are set to split time at the Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center again in 2019-2020. The split may lean more on Nassau now.
I can’t confirm if this rumor is true or not, but I just wanted to talk about the possibility of this happening and what it would mean for the New York Islanders. There’s a rumor going around that the team will have a 75/25 split favoring the Coliseum.
For the second year in a row, the Islanders will split time between the Coliseum and Barclays Center. It’s not an ideal situation as Belmont Park is built, but it’s one that the Isles will have to live with for at least two more seasons (including this one).
As of today, we are looking at essentially a 50/50 split for the two arenas. If what Sean is saying is true, that means at least 30 of the 41 home games will be played at the Nassau Coliseum.
For most fans, this is a good thing. A majority of this fanbase is located on Long Island which makes it a real pain to get to Brooklyn. Yes, there’s a minority of fans in Brooklyn, the city, and New Jersey but for the most part, this is a Long Island fanbase.
In addition to it being more convenient, the atmosphere is exponentially better at the Coliseum. How the old building is built certainly plays a role but it’s so much more of a home-ice advantage when the Isles play at the old barn.
The only issue that still remains is what do the Islanders do if they make the playoffs again? Last year they were allowed to play the first round at the Coliseum but they weren’t able to do anything beyond that because it wasn’t up to NHL standards.
If they’re willing to increase the games to 75 percent, does that mean they’d also be willing to break on their postseason rule?
Ideally, the Isles would play the entire playoffs in Nassau but I’m not 100 percent confident in that happening. If the Isles were to get past the first round I think they’d have to go back to Brooklyn, as silly as that may seem.