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Save The Islanders (Part 2) - The Barclays Center

Commissioner Bettman,

As promised, I will present a few potential solutions to the Islanders' attendance, revenue, and arena problems. I will not talk about the Lighthouse Project, as this doesn't seem like a viable solution in time to keep the team in New York.

One idea I haven't heard much about is The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As you know, this is the future home of the NBA's Nets. The energy and excitement this has created in the NY area is tremendous. It is more economically feasible and much more politically possible to strike a deal as a tenant in this arena. Both teams and fan bases have been displaced and alienated by politicians, owners, and the like. Sharing a home would be a great victory and not something that is unprecedented in sports. (see Knicks/Rangers, Capitals/Wizards, Flyers/76ers, etc).

The Coliseum's problems are pretty well documented. From the not so spacious concourse, to the limited bathroom capacity, to the old/antiquated set-up of the building. The Islanders simply need a new place to call home. A place that is more accessible to Manhattan and even Westchester Counties. Currently, the only options for getting to the Coliseum from Manhattan are driving and taking the train (connecting to the bus). There is more that would have to go into a deal to share this arena with the Nets, but you need to start the conversation in order to understand if it's a possibility.

2 comments:

  1. I don't get why the Islanders need a home more accessible to Manhattan and less accessible to Suffolk County. I would like to see the % of season ticket holders in Manhattan and Suffolk. I live in Suffolk and would be unable to continue as a season ticket holder if they played in Brooklyn.

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  2. lets go bring em to brooklyn. let nassau suffer for their mistakes. brooklyn is a great place with lots of energy and exposure. Nassau is boring and has now downtown are to hang out after the game.BORING!!!!!!!!! Long Island is a joke and nassau polititions will pay severly. Ciao Nassau

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