Not going to lie, I had no idea the Barclay's center has ice. Who do they plan on regularly playing there? If it's only for sometimes events like this, seems like a bit of a hassle to have to worry about taking care of all the time. Does anybody know what other hockey they plan on having there, or is it just sporadic?
They have an ice plant, just like many arena around the world.
There is no (current) ice-using tenant. They may host the traveling ice shows, figure skating events, and perhaps even some hockey tournaments (just as other arenas do).
Who knows, maybe they'll get an ECHL team or college team to player there on a regular basis.
I don't understand how you spend $1 Billion on building a new arena, but build it so you have to remove 1/3 of the lower bowl just to fit an NHL sized rink. Making it the smallest arena in the NHL. Clearly a World-sized rink wont fit whatsoever.
Bump because I wonder if the lockout goes for a while, the KHL will schedule more games somewhere, anymore in NAmerica in an arena maybe not owned by the NHL (such as that one the Canada Cup Final was in )
I wonder if the Isles decision to move in there in a few years played a role in this. As in the KHL was maybe planning on doing this as an annual thing in a neutral location in the middle of NYC, but the announcement that an NHL team would be based there in a few years made that plan moot past a few years from now, so they figured.... why do anything there at all?