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Islanders Season Ticket Holders Deserve A Refund

By Matt O'Leary
New York Islanders arena NYCB's LIVE at Nassau Coliseum. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Islanders arena NYCB's LIVE at Nassau Coliseum. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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If the Islanders are going back to the Barclays Center, the season ticket holders deserve a refund.

As you’ve probably heard by now, there’s a chance the New York Islanders won’t be able to play the 2020-2021 season at the Nassau Coliseum. That presents an issue, as the Belmont Arena will still be a year out by the start of next season.

If we’re operating under the assumption that the Coliseum isn’t an option for next year (there are conflicting rumors out there but let’s play the game for a second), the logical choice is likely the Barclays Center. It appeared the Isles played their final game at the Barclays Center, but with this new developing situation, the Barc may come into play for 2020-2021.

One of the many unfortunate aspects of the potential move back to the Barclays Center is the Islanders Season Ticket Holders who purchased tickets, with a raise in price by the way, expecting a full season to be played on Long Island for the first time since 2014-2015.

There’s no way to know the numbers off hand but I’d imagine there’s a sizable amount of people who purchased season tickets, again at an increased price, because it was going to be the final season at the Coliseum.

If the Islanders aren’t going to be playing at the Coli, then they’re going to have to offer refunds to these people, or a reduced cost at the very least. You can’t expect these people to pay the same price for the tickets and then change the venue on them, that’s not right.

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Yes, it may be out of the Islanders’ control, but it would be bad optics if they forced STH’s to keep their seats at the original price. Of course, this situation is still developing and we haven’t even completed the 2020 season yet but before you know it, this is going to be an issue and it would be nice to have a plan in place when every single season ticket holder gets on the phone with their ticket rep.

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