Originally posted on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 10/25/12
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who fawns over Nassau Coliseum in its current condition. It’s old, it smells funny, it leaks – it needs to be renovated from the top to the bottom and back up again. Islanders owner Charles Wang should move the team to a new building that’s deserving of a modern NHL franchise. What was good in the 70s and 80s isn’t good in the 2010s, and that isn’t just a reference to the Islanders’ record, either. It’s time for an upgrade in arena. Unfortunately for Islanders fans, that arena upgrade was never going to happen on Staten Island. It was just a matter of time until the team relocated, but where? Would the once-proud franchise leave to go to Kansas City? Seattle? Quebec? No. It would go someplace closer, somewhere very different compared to its current home. It would go to Brooklyn. An arena grew in Brooklyn; the Barclay’s Arena was set to host a Devils/Islanders game this preseason to give a hockey setup a test run. It will be waiting until January for a duo of games between SKA St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow to do so, but who needs a test run when you have a lease agreement with a brand new arena? Does it matter that the arena is 500 seats smaller than Winnipeg’s MTS Centre? Does it matter that the sight lines for hockey are terrible and that there will have to be a good deal of retooling for the game before 2015-2016 season. But retooling there will be, and chances are very good that the excitement of a team in a new locale will bump attendance up for the team. Sadly for the blue collar fans of the Isles, the new arena is about an hour away and involves a good deal of travel to get there. While the team gets to keep their name (per the insistence of the NHL), their traditions and culture are gone. This isn’t the move from Mellon Arena to CONSOL Energy Center. That was a bittersweet recognition that it was time for a new arena and for the old one to come down. Those buildings were practically next to each other, and the Penguins fan base had no further to travel. Not like that matters, because their fan base is huge and widespread thanks to recent success. The Islanders haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1984. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2007 and have finished last in the difficult Atlantic Division for five seasons in a row. They have a ton of promise, though – and the new fans in Brooklyn are hopping in at just the right time. But those fans aren’t what make the Islanders special. The dedicated fans who file into Nassau are what make the Islanders special. The grit of the team, the determination to improve, Jack Capuano’s hair – they’re the working class team of the NHL. And they’re fantastic that way. In their shiny new arena with their probable new hipster fans they aren’t the Islanders. Staten Island is. Nassau is. And it’s sad that era’s gone. But hey, they liked the Islanders before the Islanders were cool, so take that, Brooklyn hipsters. Photo courtesy of The New York Times.  [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Baylor’s RG3 statue vandalized by TCU fans

FSU’s Dalvin Cook looking good to play Saturday against Miami

Rangers survive war of attrition in Game 1 vs Blue Jays

NBA Players Union to fund cardiac screenings for retired players

Dolphins fire defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, promote Lou Anarumo

Rob Manfred isn’t a fan of tweaking playoff format


Matt Barnes opens up about Derek Fisher fight

Bennett: QBs make too much money, not enough left for OL

Frank Gore must step up vs. Texans with Andrew Luck out

Sean Rodriguez apologizes about outburst, including to water cooler

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Gregg Popovich now resting himself by sitting out games

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Pirates fan dresses as Steve Bartman, fails to curse Cubs

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker