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Barclays Center - A Unique Hockey Venue For The Islanders

from Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank,

When Barclays was initially being constructed under the design of architect Frank Gehry, the arena considered whether to make it a basketball-only facility or a dual basketball-hockey facility. After Gehry was removed from the job for driving costs higher the arena had to make a decision on how to continue. Given that at the time the Islanders looked like a long shot to head to Brooklyn – this was in 2009 – the arena moved forward with construction as a basketball-only facility. Now that the Islanders have bolted for Brooklyn, the arena is being retrofit for hockey.

The Barclays Center is certainly going to be a unique hockey setup. With an off-center scoreboard and seating issues on one end, the Barclays’ setup for hockey is going to be much different than anything the NHL currently has in use.

With a history that contains four consecutive Stanley Cups, multitudes of miraculous overtime victories, record-length contracts and a former felon owner, the Islanders have been a part of many unique situations before. The Team That Has Always Been Different now has a new, unique looking home to go with their unique name and history. And they should embrace it.

more with pictures showing the setup...

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Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

I must say, even though anything might be better than Nassau, that sounds like a pretty lousy upgrade. 14500 seats instead of 18 000 or 20 000 is going to make quite a difference, financially, over 25 years.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 06/11/13 at 12:27 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Even before the Isles decided to move to that rink, I was dumbfounded as to why they wouldn’t have built it to support hockey just in case there was a team that wanted/needed to play there. It’s a joke to have an arena with less than 15,000 seats be home to an NHL team. Obviously there weren’t really better options, but, despite the long lease, I hope Long Island wises up and builds a new rink so the Isles can go back to where they belong.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 06/11/13 at 02:26 PM ET

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