NEW YORK – Barclays Center is younger, smoother and better. The Nassau Coliseum has a history.
This season New York Islanders divides their home games between two arenas, their fans have always been clear about their choice. They don't worry about Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They still love the renewed Colosseum, which is much more intimate and more convenient for the island fan base, which is still focused on Long Island.
"Here's the hockey arena," said Peter Rotolo, who was in the Coliseum in January. "Barclays is similar, the lines of sight are terrible, the seats are terrible. It's a beautiful arena, but it's a basketball arena and a concert arena. It has never been hockey."
Fans like Rotolo have never fully accepted Iceland's movement to Brooklyn in 2015, after the franchise first spent 43 years at Coliseum, winning four fair Stanley Cup championships from 1980 to 1984. They complained about bad views and many obstacles in the arena that was built by Brooklyn Nets and agreed that the team would return to Colosseum Uniondale, 30 miles away and seemingly the world.
They wanted a unique deal because the NHL decided to split home games between two very different sites. The layout is expected to last until Iceland's new Belmont Park, next to the horse racing track, is ready for the season 2021-22. Construction has not started until May.
All this means that at least two next seasons will be the first place for two people and that will stay from this place.
"They should never have left," said David Levy, a fan of Melville, who took part in a game with the Coliseum with his son and two brothers. "We came here all the time. I'm going to Brooklyn, it's beautiful, but it's a very, very long journey… It's much more comfortable. They blew it when they just didn't restore the arena."
This season, Islander played his first 11 home games in Brooklyn, then on December 1, he started playing 18 games where they split games between places before closing their home page with the final 12 Long Island. The last game in the center of Barclays will be February 16 against Edmonton Oileri, although no announcement is made of how the player games will be held.
Josh Rosenberg, who lives about 10 minutes from the Coliseum, said he would go to the place where the team plays, but prefers the Coliseum for its proximity and atmosphere.
"I've arrived in Brooklyn since their first launch," said Freeport citizen at Barclays Center. "I think it sucks to pay extra for the train, but I'm a cruel fan. I'll take the Coliseum any day, but I'm not worried about driving here." this is a better way of being all the time, everybody's cheering and real fans are there. "
The relocation of the team to Brooklyn was announced in 2012 after no attempt was made to provide public funding for the new arena Long Island and the zoning confirmation was rejected by a privately funded development plan that would have included updates to the Coliseum. It was announced as a 25-year deal, and it seems to have ensured the future of islanders in New York, when the team could move to another city.
Regardless of the cozy charm that many saw in the old Colosseum, the renovation was supported and the noise level remained deaf.
Visit metrics reflect the choice of fans.
In seven games at the Coliseum this season, the islanders had an average of 13,568 fans with four 13,917 sales outlets. They have averaged 10,788 sales in the Barclays Center with a capacity of 15,795. In general, the islanders are among the 31 NHL teams with an average attendance of 11,599.
The veteran coach Barry Trotz, in his first year with the islanders after winning the championship in Washington last season, has saddled the Coliseum as one of the old stadiums, bringing fans closer to the ice and helping to energize the home team. He claims that there are 10-12 extra points in the arena during the season compared to elsewhere.
So far the island is 5-1-1 on Long Island and 9-6-2 on Brooklyn.
The deal requires that both arena games be evenly distributed over three years. This season, the Coliseum becomes 21, but Barclays becomes 20. It is not clear what the breakdown will be in the coming years.
BSE Global, which works in both arenas, shares fans' desires for the team to play all the games at the Coliseum. The NHL opposed the islanders' total return to the Coliseum, mainly because it had less capacity than any other arena in the league, but agreed to the split order.
Also players like Colosseum. Arena and Team Practice at Eisenhower Park are one mile from home. For comparison, afternoon traffic in New York can make the journey to the center of Barclays more than 75 minutes. Some players move to Brooklyn on the Long Island Railway and then take home car services.
"At the end of the day it doesn't matter where you play," said the veteran forward. "You have to go there and do your job, take care of the business and win the hockey games. This approach does not change at all."