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10-24-2012, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by JLHockeyKnight View Post
I thought I heard somewhere that the minimum capacity for an NHL arena had to be 15,000. I thought I remember that when Winnipeg was planning to move and they had to add seats. Maybe I'm wrong though or maybe they're giving the Islanders a pass?
Looks like the plan is to boost it up:

As of now, Barclays Center would only hold 14,500 for hockey, but Bettman says plans are in place to increase the attendance to "15,000-plus." At 15,004, Winnipeg's MTS Centre currently has the NHL's smallest capacity. Nassau Coliseum only seats 16,234, making it the second-smallest venue in terms of capacity.

"A thousand seats ... I don't think it makes a material difference," Bettman said. "It's not an issue."
I'm not sure if I agree that $1.5m (at $35 per for 41 games) isn't a material difference.

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