For the first time in a year, fans will be able to go to sporting events here in New York. The last Islanders game you could’ve attended was on March 7, 2020, at the Nassau Coliseum. It was a controversial 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes in overtime.
That all changes in just a few short weeks. The Islanders announced in a statement today that they will allow fans back in the arena on March 18 for the first time.
On that Thursday night, they will host the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7:00 pm puck drop. Previously to this return of fans on the 18th, they will host 1,000 frontline workers from Northwell Health at the Coliseum.
Hat tip to the Islanders on this one. What the frontline workers have done for us over the past year has been nothing short of admirable and they deserve every bit of the recognition that they’re getting and more.
As for the fans, season ticket holders have priority to the 10% capacity seating offered by the team. There are 14 regular-season games that fans can attend on the schedule. If the Islanders make the playoffs in 2021, that number will grow obviously.
For those who aren’t a season ticket holder, you will be able to get tickets on the secondary market but will still have to be able to provide a COVID test for entry.
It’s not an ideal sendoff to the Nassau Coliseum, a place many called a second home for decades, but considering everything we’ve been through in the past year it’s encouraging to see at least a small percentage of that arena occupied by fans.
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Islanders fans are a passionate group, I’m sure they’ll be able to make it feel like it’s a packed arena even with the capacity limits.