Islanders are Moving to Brooklyn in 2015
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10-27-2012, 09:53 AM
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Glad the Islanders are staying on the island....but I have to vent about a few things associated with this situation:
3. At the presser yesterday, Ratner said he had hoped to get the Islanders as a tenant. Well if that's the case Mr. Slimy Developer, why the hell did you cheap out on the arena by not allowing for a hockey configuration that looks normal?
is the hockey seating configuration for the arena. As you can see, there is NO LOWER BOWL at one end of the rink. So because they cheaped out, 2,500-3000 prime seats are completely unavailable for hockey.
4. You could blame Wang for not getting on board this Brooklyn arena train earlier but apparently he liked punishing himself by dealing with Nassau County to try and get his precious Lighthouse Project. Had he cut his losses sooner, they might have gotten a hockey configuration at Barclays. But the fact that Ratner said he wanted the Islanders as a tenant and created a building with an unworkable hockey setup is completely insane. The Islanders just traded one monster set of arena issues for a different set of arena issues.
If they fix it, then it's fine. But we shall see.
Wang was asked on WFAN if it's true that Ratner asked him a few yrs ago, if the isles were interested in coming to Brooklyn but because the Isles weren't, Barclay's scaled down. Wang was trying to get Ratner's Nets to LI, while Ratner was try to convince Wang to bring the isles to Brooklyn.
Wang is saying they are looking at another 1,000 seats at Barclays after renovations for hockey. That would bring it up to 15,500.
The average seats aren't where Wang is looking to cash in.
Q. Why would the Islanders move from the Coliseum, where they are tenants, to Barclays, where they will still be tenants?
A. The short answer: $35 million in extra revenue per year. That goes a long way toward wiping out the club’s current operating deficit, estimated at $8 million per year.
The main benefit in this move “is not in the increased revenue the Isles will get from the average fan; it’s in the huge increase they’ll get from selling luxury suites and premium club seats,” said Tony Knopp, chief executive officer of Spotlight TMS, a company that manages corporate tickets at Barclays Center and other sites around the country.
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