New York Islanders

What Does the Relocation to Brooklyn Mean for Islander Fans?

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 05: John Tavares #91 (C) congratulates Kyle Okposo #21 (R) of the New York Islanders on his second period goal against the Winnipeg Jets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 5, 2012 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Christopher BeniniContributor IJanuary 8, 2013

New York Islander fans can rejoice. The team is staying in New York and not moving to Kansas City, Missouri or Quebec. What exactly does the move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn mean for the New York Islanders?

Like myself, the reaction from Islanders fans seems to be the same. We wanted the team in Uniondale, in Nassau County. We liked it that games were easily accessible by hopping on to Hempstead Turnpike and driving down to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to see the Islanders play.

Unfortunately, Islanders management and Nassau County Government felt they had explored all possible options for keeping the team in Nassau County and moved a different direction.

That direction heads west towards Brooklyn.

The team will relocate to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn once the lease for the Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015. If you ask most Islanders fans what they think of the move to Brooklyn, the reaction is similar. While they would much rather have the team in Long Island, a trip to Brooklyn is much more feasible than a trip to Quebec or Kansas City.

Nobody is quite sure what to expect when the Islanders debut at the Barclays Center in 2015. Will attendance be better or worse? Will this team actually have a crowd? There are a lot of uncertainties as the Islanders prepare for their new home.

If the Islanders want some advice on how to fill the seats, it is this: It doesn't matter where the team is playing, whether it is Long Island, New York City, Quebec or even the moon, winning cures all. This team won't sell out until it proves it can win games for an extended period of time.

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