Islanders are Moving to Brooklyn in 2015
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10-27-2012, 10:31 AM
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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.
AS one of the better Islanders fans I can ever remember coming across, what are your feelings on the move???
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