NEW YORK – The Barclays Center is newer, sleek and has better food options. The Nassau Coliseum has a history.
With New York Island breaking the home games between the two arenas this season, their fans have always been clear about their desire. They do not care much about the Barclays Center, located in Brooklyn. They still love the renovated Coliseum, which is much more intimate and much more comfortable for fans of the islands, which remain concentrated on Long Island.
"Here is a hockey arena," said Peter Rotolo, who was in the Coliseum for the January competition. "Barclays is like, the visually awesome, the seats are terrible. It's a wonderful arena, but it's a basketball arena and a concert arena, it was never made for hockey."
Fans like Rotolo never fully accepted the relocation of the islands to Brooklyn in 2015, after the franchisee spent the first 43 years in the Colosseum, winning four championships at the Stanley Cup from 1980-84. They complained about the bad views and the many obstructive places on the arena, built for Brooklyn Nets, and called for a team to return to the Colosseum at Union Hall, 30 miles and seemingly a world.
They got their wish with a unique arrangement because the NHL decided to split home games between two very different places. The arrangement is expected to remain in place while the new arena of the islands in Belmont Park, in the immediate vicinity of the race for horse racing, is ready for the season 2021-22. The construction is not scheduled to start by May.
This means that there are two homes for the residents in the first place, at least the next two seasons and what remains of this.
"They should never have left," said David Levi, a Melville fan, who attended a Colosseum match with his son and two grandchildren. "We came here all the time, I went to Brooklyn, it's nice, but it's a very, very long trip … This is very convenient, they blew it up when not only restored the arena here."
The islanders played their first 11 home games this season in Brooklyn and then began to split in 18 matches on December 1, in which they shared the games between the places before closing their schedule with the 12th finals of Long Island. The last match at the Barclays Center will be February 16 against Edmonton Eilers, although it has not been announced how any playoff matches will be played.
Josh Rosenberg, who lives about 10 minutes from the Coliseum, said he would go wherever the team was playing, but preferred the Coliseum for his proximity and atmosphere.
"I'm coming to Brooklyn because they first started," said Freeport resident at Barclays Center. "I mean, it's unpretentious to pay an extra fee for driving a train, but I'm a fan factor. I'll take the Colosseum every day, but I do not care about the journey here." (Colosseum) way a better vibrator, which is constantly packed, cheering all and the true fans are there. "
The team's move to Brooklyn was announced in 2012 after a failed attempt to secure public funding for a new Long Island arena, and the zonal approval was rejected for a private-sector-funded development plan that would include the renovation of the Colosseum. It was announced as a 25-year contract and seemed to secure the future of the islands in New York, while the talks team could move to another city.
Regardless of the pleasant charm many saw in the old Colosseum, the renovations were greeted and the level of noise remained deafening.
The present numbers reflect the advantage of the fans.
In seven Kolosoum matches this season, the Island has an average of 13,568 fans with four sales of 13,917. They ran an average of 10,788 with no sales at the Barclays Center, which has a capacity of 15,795. In general, the island's inhabitants are the last among the 31 NHL teams with an average attendance of 11,599.
Veteran coach Barry Trotz, in his first year with the Islands after winning the championship in Washington last season, won the Coliseum as one of the old styles in which fans get closer to the ice and help stimulate the home team. He claims that the arena is worth 10-12 extra points during one season compared to another place.
So far the islands are 5-1-1 on Long Island and 9-6-2 in Brooklyn.
The arrangement calls the two arenas to equally distribute the games for three years. This season, the Colosseum gets 21, while Barclays gets 20. It's uncertain what will happen in the coming years.
BSE Global, who works with both arenas, shares fans' wishes to have a team to play all his games in the Colosseum. The NHL opposed the complete return of the island to the Colosseum, mainly because it has less capacity than any league in the league, but agrees with the division agreement.
Players like the Colosseum, too. The Arena and facilities for the team at the Eisenhower Park are one mile away, less than 30 minutes away from their homes. For comparison, afternoon traffic in New York can make a trip to the Barclays Center for more than 75 minutes. Some players transfer to Brooklyn on the Long Island Railway, and then get the car services at home.
"At the end of the day it does not matter where you play," said Veteran Matt Martin. "You have to go there and finish the job, take care of the business and win hockey games. The approach does not change at all."