It’s Hockey Night in Brooklyn, yup, that’s right, the New York Islanders are coming to Kings County.
Team and arena spokespersons will make it official later today that the New York Islanders will be moving to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Long Island based team has been playing it’s home games at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale since 1972.
But all that will change when the team hits the ice for the beginning of the 2015 season when the team moves to the new one billion dollar arena. The Islanders, who won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983, will keep their name at the insistence of NHL officials.
It is being reported that the length of the lease is 25 years. The Islanders have been looking for a new home for years and after Nassau County voters rejected a 400 million dollar bill to overhaul the dilapidated building, the team was thrilled to move into the new state of the art facility in downtown Brooklyn.
For all of those undecided hockey fans who live in the downtown area, the Barclay’s Center is a much closer train ride than Madison Square Garden, and will also feature ticket prices that average nearly half as much.
Let’s go Islanders!