The Brooklyn Nets haven’t played a regular season game yet, but they have their respective sport buzzing due to their new look, feel and location. The Nets are a sexy team now and it’s all because of the move (and Jay-Z, of course).
Apparently, it sounds like another tri-state sports team, the NHL’s New York Islanders, wants to be down. They want to be cool by association too.
Sources tell ESPN that the Islanders plan to move to Brooklyn and share the Barclays Center with the Nets.
No word yet if Jay-Z will be involved (kidding).
The New York Islanders will leave Long Island for Brooklyn, sharing the new Barclays Center with the Nets, league sources tell ESPN.
The team has scheduled a “major announcement” for 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman, mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, Islanders general manager Garth Snow and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets chief executive Brett Yormark will be in attendance.
The Islanders’ lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015, and the team has been trying to secure a new arena near the site for some time. Nassau County voters rejected a $400 million proposal for a new arena, funded by bonds, in August 2001.
The move to Brooklyn isn’t without complications. Under current plans, Barclays Center would hold only 14,500 for hockey, and sources familiar with the facility were skeptical regarding the arena’s long-term viability as the home of an NHL franchise. At 15,004, Winnipeg’s MTS Centre currently has the NHL’s smallest capacity.