The New York Islanders have had some of the poorest attendance numbers in the National Hockey League over the past few seasons. They have been looking for a new home once their lease with the Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015 and, it appears as if they have finally found one.
The Islanders have said that they are planning a “major announcement” for Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow are expected to be present, as are New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barclays Center majority owner and developer Bruce Ratner, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark.
In case you haven’t put two and two together, the Islanders are booking their relocation trip to Brooklyn in 2015.
The Islanders will play in the same arena as the new Brooklyn Nets, who moved from New Jersey prior to this season. They will make their regular season home debut within the next couple of weeks. It is a new stadium and is expected to be state of the art.
That is something the Islanders and their fans were not exactly used to in Long Island.
The Islanders will have to play three more seasons at the Nassau Coliseum before their lease expires. Well, I should say that it expires after the 2014-1025 NHL season. How many seasons the NHL actually gets in during that time span due to the NHL Lockout remains to be seen.