Want to know how excited fans are for the New York Islanders 2021-22 season? You know, the first year that the Isles UBS Arena will be open. According to the team, they’ve sold out 90% of season tickets for the next season.
That’s an incredible achievement for a franchise which has been plagued by low attendance numbers and low excitement levels for years. That no longer seems like an issue for the Islanders.
New York Islanders season ticket sales sign of healthy franchise
According to the Islanders, all season tickets for the upper bowl, the terrace level and eight sections in the lower bowl are all sold out for the 2021-22 season. There are roughly 1,000 season tickets left.
Not only was that the goal for the Islanders but it’s ahead of schedule said, Mike Cosentino:
"“Our plan was always to sell out the season tickets and start a waiting list,” said Mike Cosentino, the Islanders senior vice president of ticketing. “We’re doing it faster and earlier than we expected. It’s really been such an incredible response since going on sale last year.”"
There’s perhaps no better health check for an organization and their team than how many tickets they can sell. Fans aren’t going to pay for tickets if the product on the ice isn’t entertaining to watch.
Having a new hockey-first arena certainly helps draw in curious minds, but people aren’t going to sign up for season tickets like this simply due to the arena. That along with what is the sixth-ranked team in the NHL since 2018-19 is what’s driving these sales.
These numbers reveal something most Islanders fans already knew deep down. The fanbase is there, but the organization just needed to give the fans a reason to care. It’s safe to say that these season ticket sales prove they’ve done that.