Originally written on Sports Business Digest  |  Last updated 10/24/12
The Barclays Center is about to have a new tenant.  The multi-billion dollar arena, which opened last month is set to host hockey in 2015.  The NHL's New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn according to a statement released by the team today.  The Isles have been attempting to secure a new stadium for years -- Nassau Coliseum was built in 1972 and was expanded once, in 1983 -- but a failed August 2011 vote for a new arena to replace the arena seemingly put the Isles in a position to look elsewhere, with their lease expiring in 2015. One of the rumored destinations for the Isles was the newly built Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  That rumor was confirmed today. The two sides have come to a 25 year lease agreement, which will begin in 2015, with the Islanders playing their first game in Barclays Center in 2016.  The move once again unites the Islanders with the Nets, who both shared the Nassau Coliseum for a short time back in the 70's.  Although this time, the two will share a multi-billion dollar, state-of-the-art arena:  The Coliseum was built for $32 million dollars (less than $200 million dollars in 2012 money). "It was our goal from Day 1 to keep the Islanders in the local New York area." Wang said. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to play in Barclays Center, a first-class arena. This has been a long journey for the Islanders family starting with our loyal fans, sponsors and employees. I want to personally thank them for their patience, loyalty and support. I am excited about today's announcement and I am looking forward to a long and successful future in Brooklyn." The Nassau Coliseum held 16,500 for hockey, while the Barclays Center only holds 14,500, so new (and old) Islanders fans may be looking at some sort of ticket or concession pricing increase to make up for the lost seats -- although NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned that discussions surrounding increasing the number of seats have already occurred -- so maybe the ticket increase won't be as severe as feared. Of course, when 2015 comes around, you may be less than excited about the price you're paying for your upper bowl ticket.  Deposits are already being taken for the 2015 season.        
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reports: LeSean McCoy's Week 1 status still uncertain

Jay Feely told Deflategate judge about 2009 kicking incident

Jon Gruden calls Marcus Mariota a ‘double-edged sword’

Report: Bills expected to cut Matt Cassel

Garcon: RG3 can be ‘great player on any team that he goes to’

Report: Cavs ‘convinced’ LeBron would not leave Cleveland again

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fred Jackson is upset Bills GM Doug Whaley wasn’t honest

Report: Jaguars won’t let Justin Blackmon leave for CFL

Report: Antii Raanta wanted Blackhawks to lose in playoffs

A-Rod snaps photo for couple while out in Boston area

Report: Tim Tebow has ‘pretty good shot’ of making Eagles

Polian: I'd have my scouts looking awfully hard at RGIII

NHL 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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker