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[Report] Islanders will move to Brooklyn in 2015

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Source tells @SBJSBD about today's press conference - "#Isles set to play in Brooklyn in 2015."

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The New York Islanders are set to announce that they will be moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York when their lease expires at Nassau Coliseum after the 2014-15 season.

The team has called a news conference for this afternoon at the new arena, which will be home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets this season.

The news conference will be attended by Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg among others.

Wang has been lobbying for a new arena for his team for several years. The Nassau Coliseum has been home to the team since it was built in 1972.

Wang has been frustrated in his attempts to find a new location in recent years. Last summer, his proposal to build a new arena and keep the Islanders on Long Island was voted down in a referendum by local residents.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=408031

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still on long island, everyone saw this coming, sucks that the builders of the nets arena went with the lower capacity hockey version of the building.

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I am happy for them. I think any team that at one point was a dynasty sc winning franchise should have everyone's support to be fixd if in financial issues. I see these problems happening to the wings n Joe lu soon enough.

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I am happy for them. I think any team that at one point was a dynasty sc winning franchise should have everyone's support to be fixd if in financial issues. I see these problems happening to the wings n Joe lu soon enough.

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still on long island, everyone saw this coming, sucks that the builders of the nets arena went with the lower capacity hockey version of the building.

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What is the hockey capacity of the Barclays Center?

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What is the hockey capacity of the Barclays Center?

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Good to see they're (mostly) sticking around...hope they can get that team back to some semblance of respectability at some point...

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This would be a good change for them since they've been going downhill for quite a while. Brooklynders must be happy to get 2 sports team in a 3-year span!

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Move them within 20km of the Rangers. SMART

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Sources: Isles moving to Brooklyn

Updated: October 24, 2012, 11:59 AM ETESPN.com news services

The New York Islanders have agreed to move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center from Long Island as early as 2015, sharing the arena with the Nets, league sources tell ESPN.

The team has scheduled a "major announcement" for 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman, Islanders owner Charles Wang, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, Islanders general manager Garth Snow, and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets chief executive Brett Yormark will be in attendance.

The Islanders' lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015, and the team has been trying to secure a new arena near the site for some time. Nassau County voters rejected a $400 million proposal for a new arena, funded by bonds, in August 2001.

Wang has threatened to move the team from the site when the team's lease expires after the 2015 season. Wang, the founder of a computer software company, presented a plan in 2003 for a privately funded multibillion-dollar development of housing, retail and a new arena on the property, but the proposal foundered amid community opposition.

The move to Brooklyn isn't without complications. Under current plans, Barclays Center would hold only 14,500 for hockey, and sources familiar with the facility were skeptical regarding the arena's long-term viability as the home of an NHL franchise. At 15,004, Winnipeg's MTS Centre currently has the NHL's smallest capacity.

As recently as April, Bettman said Brooklyn might not be a viable destination for the Islanders because it's hard to reach for the team's fan base in Long Island and Queens. However, the team's announcement of a news conference at the Barclays Center trumpeted the fact that it is located "atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City ... accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines."

The outdated Coliseum -- it was built in 1971 and opening in 1972 -- is no longer suitable for the NHL once the lease expires. The arena holds 16,234, but the Islanders' average attendance last season was 13,191.

In an April interview with The Associated Press, Bettman sounded lukewarm about the idea of the Islanders moving to Brooklyn.

"Barclays, I suppose on some level, is an option," he said at the time.

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Move them within 20km of the Rangers. SMART

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The hockey configuration at Barclays is really awkward... no seating behind one of the goals. I'm not a fan. i think it's just an interim move until they can get funding for a new arena. Nassau County will realize how much it hurts the economy not to have them there, and they'll finally vote in favor of a new arena.

BarclaysCenter_SeatingChart_IslandersvsDevils_v4.jpg

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The hockey configuration at Barclays is really awkward... no seating behind one of the goals. I'm not a fan. i think it's just an interim move until they can get funding for a new arena. Nassau County will realize how much it hurts the economy not to have them there, and they'll finally vote in favor of a new arena.

BarclaysCenter_SeatingChart_IslandersvsDevils_v4.jpg

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The hockey configuration at Barclays is really awkward... no seating behind one of the goals. I'm not a fan. i think it's just an interim move until they can get funding for a new arena. Nassau County will realize how much it hurts the economy not to have them there, and they'll finally vote in favor of a new arena.

BarclaysCenter_SeatingChart_IslandersvsDevils_v4.jpg

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That is weird. You can definately tell it was set up for basketball specifically and hockey would be an afterthought.

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This is no interm move.

Wang signed a 25 year deal to stay in Brooklyn...

Risky risky move that I wouldnt of done!

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