BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Hockey fans are getting a sneak preview of the Islander’s future as they take on the Devils in their soon-to-be new home at Barclays Center.
Long Islanders are facing the reality that in two years when the Islanders officially move to Barclays Center and they will now have to take mass transit to attend games.
Though the arena is accessible by the LIRR and 11 subway lines, fans aren’t too thrilled with the commute.
Donna Derry, who only had a five minute commute to Nassau Coliseum before and is an Islanders season ticket holder, says she won’t be able to come to as many games at Barclays because she now has to factor in commuting costs.
Another worry is if will there be enough seating. For Saturday’s game, Barclays could hold 15,813 fans, not including the obstructed view seats. Should that capacity stay when the Islanders permanently move to their new home, it would be the second smallest arena in the NHL. The Islanders’ former home, Nassau Coliseum, seats 16,170. The arena was primarily built for concerts and basketball games.
While it still remains to be seen how much of the Islanders fan base will be willing to make the trek from Nassau and Suffolk counties to Brooklyn remains to be seen, same with how much of a new fan base can be built and recruited from the Brooklyn area.