These days, it looks like Brooklyn in the place to be. Jay Z is the community leader, hipsters infest Williamsburg, and perhaps most importantly, the sparkling new Barclays Center is drawing sports teams from around the area with the allure of a modern arena, better crowds, closer access to Manhattan, and favorable terms. The Nets have already moved in from New Jersey, and now the Islanders will be joining them. The New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn in 2015-16.
“We have tried very hard to keep the Islanders in their original home in Nassau County,” said Islanders owner Charles Wang. ”Unfortunately, we were unable to achieve that dream.”
Wang has owned the Islanders since 2000, and has been trying to get a new arena deal in place since 2003. After multiple failures, including one of the $3.8 billion dollar Lighthouse Project, Wang has obviously had enough. The Barclays Center can hold 14,500 fans when configured for hockey (and can be expanded to an even 15,000), and that was good enough. The Islanders are keeping their franchise name and history, moving down Long Island from the suburbs to the city, and have signed a 25-year lease with the Barclays Center to bring the National Hockey League to Brooklyn.
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