Thursday, October 25, 2012

Islanders moving to Brooklyn


From the NY Times:

The New York Islanders, who have played on Long Island since they began play in 1972, will move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, officials with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday.

The deal was to be officially announced Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at the new arena in Brooklyn with Charles E. Wang, the owner of the Islanders, and Bruce Ratner, the owner of the Barclays Center.

Under the 25-year agreement, which has to be officially approved by the National Hockey League, the Islanders would move to the Barclays for the 2015-16 season.

The Barclays is already home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, which moved from New Jersey, and adding a hockey team would represent a major coup for Mr. Ratner. But unlike the Nets, the Islanders would keep New York in their name.


One less thing to threaten Flushing Meadows.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Traffic jams. I guess everyone can bike to the games,eh?

georgetheatheist said...

If you can't be an athlete, my friends, you can always be an athletic supporter.

Go Islanders.

Anonymous said...

The island of Long Island consists of Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn. So I guess the Islanders are still on Long Island...

Anonymous said...

Great news. The only way to get to the Coliseum was by car; now we can take the LIRR and 10 different subways. A great move on their part.

Anonymous said...

Probably the pro sports team in the area people care least about. There are yawns being heard all over Brooklyn.

Anonymous said...

They could locate the US soccer league there!

Anonymous said...

"The island of Long Island consists of Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn. So I guess the Islanders are still on Long Island..."

Thanks for the geography lesson, except people who live in Queens and Brooklyn live "in" NYC, not "on" LI.

Anonymous said...

well the logo only shows Nassau and Suffolk as part of the island - I suppose it would be an easy graphic change to throw in Brooklyn/Queens which are technically part of Long Island and yes NYC. I think it is a great move - LIRR goes right there, changed trains there many times, will be no hassle at all to get to a game.

Anonymous said...

The island of Long Island consists of Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn. So I guess the Islanders are still on Long Island...
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Their logo actaully cuts off Brooklyn and Queens, and the tip of the "I" points right to uniondale.

Funny, they ignored Brooklyn and Queens all along, but now they they realize that Long Island is nothing without NYC, they suddenly come around and say "but but B&Q was always part of us!"

The islanders, like long island itself, always were parasites.

Anonymous said...

The citizens of Nassau County are spared the cost of replacing that coliseum - at least for a few years.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the geography lesson, except people who live in Queens and Brooklyn live "in" NYC, not "on" LI.
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Oh stop!!! You're both right. Ever look at a map?

Anonymous said...

Oh, well, guess there won't be any great light of Uniondale then!Farewell Fishsticks!

Joe said...

""citizens of Nassau County are spared the cost of replacing that coliseum""

No shit !
Taxes to pay off the bond to build a new complex were something like $450 per household for 15 years !
There is nothing wrong with that structure or its electrical system. The outside needs a reface and the parking lot need re-paving. People are bitching about seats being to small and no posh corporate private booths for Cablevisions huge Dolan family & friends.
How about some of these sports fans going on diets ? Take a look at some of those "Uniondale" familys in McDonalds across the street. Kids 4'11 and 200 pounds eating mountains frys, nuggets and jumbo sodas !
People fit in those isles and seats fine back in 1977. I'd go see KISS, Pink Floyd and wrestling all the time it was never a problem.
I was recently backstage with Gene Simmons of KISS working on some Ampeg SVT amps. The dressing rooms are fine there is even a small hospitality bar room restaurant back there.
If its good enough for Gene its good enough for hockey players !

Anonymous said...

Joe, i hate the islanders, but their building was shit. Literally. They had plumbing issues that would sometimes flood the locker rooms with sewage.


In addition, the building is full of asbestos and lead paint. The single-concourse setup is archaic, handicap accessibility is poor, and their is far less restrooms than what is needed in a modern facility.

Ned said...

Raw sewage in the dressing rooms fits Wong and his Islanders perfect

The buildings plumbing is constantly destroyed or vandalized by the local "basketball fans" almost every time the Knicks, Nets lose or have a problem.
Local animals walking distance from Roosevelt, Uniondale, Hempstead bust up stuff and throw M-80s down the toilets, smash cars, etc.
(Welfare recipients a good 3/4th of them)
Why should working Nassau county taxpayers (most who couldn't give to shits about Basketball or Hockey) pay to give a bunch of gang bangers and useless oozing sores of society a new building ?

Great area to shop for new sneakers (before dark) but you cant even leave your car alone for a 1/2 hour.
You find it gone or stripped to the frame on blocks !
Those people even know how to steal the registration and inspection stickers off windshields, stole meat from the circus animal train !