The New York Islanders would’ve played their final game at the Barclays Center on Sunday evening. Here are the top five moments of their tenure.
From the beginning, the Barclays Center and the New York Islanders had a rocky relationship. After the 2011 referendum failed, the Islanders were forced to find a new home and the Barclays Center was the only option.
Fans, myself included, would admit that Brooklyn was way better than Kansas City but there’s no way around the major issues that the building presented.
First, the commute was tough. Fans in Suffolk County didn’t have it very easy as they were forced to schlep into Brooklyn on weeknights to take in their team. It also didn’t help that the Barclays Center didn’t seem to want to acknowledge the Isles historic past.
The only banners that made the trip were the Stanley Cup banners and retired numbers and on top of that, they attempted to change the goal horn to an irritating horn that was supposed to emulate the Long Island Rail Road.
It was a major flop, and along with the off-centered scoreboard and SUV in the corner behind the boards, the Islanders were a laughing stock.
Although, over five seasons some pretty memorable moments happened in that building. Today, we’ll look at the five best moments from the Barclays Center.