The New York Islanders had 9,923 people show up to the game last night. The lowest at Nassau Coliseum since it reopened for the Islanders.
For the first time in a very long time, the Nassau Coliseum was very light in numbers with the New York Islanders on the ice. Only 9,923 people came to the 13,971 capacity arena for the Islanders’ second game of the season.
Why was the number so low for just the second game of the year? Well, for starters the game was just moved to Nassau Coliseum a couple of weeks ago. It was announced when the Islanders did the groundbreaking ceremony on September 23, as part of the chunk of Barclays games that were moved to Uniondale.
It was also a football Sunday. The Giants played a home game, which would hinder the chances of a trip to the Nassau Coliseum for fans that attended that game, and historically, putting things against a football Sunday doesn’t go very well.
Regardless, it’s not the best optic when fans ask for more games at the Nassau Coliseum and then this is the turnout. Not to be like Middle Man Mitch, but I see both sides of the coin on this one.
On one hand, there’s a lot of valid excuses for this team not drawing well last night. On the flip side, if you’re going to be so boisterous about games being moved to the Coliseum it’s probably wise to then take advantage of it.
Tickets were $10 on the aftermarket websites. Don’t panic yet about attendance, let’s give it to January when both New York football teams are done playing and hockey gets more light shed on it before we start calling it “pathetic”.
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