NEW YORK – Barclays Center is newer, more elegant and has the best feeding options. Nassau Coliseum has history.
With New York Islanders dividing their home games between the two stages this season, their followers have always been clear about their preference. They do not care about Barclays Center, located in Brooklyn. They still love the renewed Coliseum, which is much more intimate and much more convenient for the island fan base that is concentrated in Long Island.
"Here is a hockey field," said Peter Rotolo, who was in the Coliseum for a match in January. "It's like Barclays, watching lines are terrible, the seats are terrible: it's a beautiful field, but it's a basketball field and a concert camp. It's never been done for hockey."
Fans like Rotolo never fully accepted the transfer of Islanders to Brooklyn in 2015 after the franchise spent their first 43 years at the Coliseum, winning four Stanley Cup championships from 1980-84. They complained about the bad visions and many seats clogged in the sand, which was built for the Brooklyn Nets, and cried to return to the coliseum of the team in Uniondale, 30 miles away and apparently to a distant world .
They achieved their desire with a unique arrangement since the NHL decided to split home games between the two very different places. It is expected that the agreement will remain in force until the new sand of the islanders in Belmont Park, adjacent to the horse track, be prepared for the season 2021-22. The construction is not scheduled to begin until May.
All this means that there are two houses for islanders in the first place for at least the next two seasons and what is left of this one.
"They should not have left ever," said David Levy, a Melville fan who attended a match at the Coliseum with his son and two nephews. "We're coming here all the time. I'm in Brooklyn, it's beautiful, but it's a very, very long journey … This is a lot more comfortable, they did when they not only built up the sand here."
The Islanders played their first 11 games at home this season in Brooklyn, then started a match of 18 games on December 1 in which they divided the matches between the premises, before closing their home with the 12 finals to Long Island. The last match of the Barclays Center will be on February 16 against the Edmonton Oilers, although it has not been announced how to play playoff games.
Josh Rosenberg, who lives about 10 minutes from the Colosseum, said that he will go there wherever he plays the team, but he prefers the Colosseum for his proximity and environment.
"I've been coming to Brooklyn since they started," the Freeport resident said at the Barclays Center. "I mean that it means paying the additional fee to get on the train, but I'm a hard-hitting fanatic. I'm going to take the Coliseum any day, but I do not mind going on the trip here (the Coliseum has) a better way to vibrate: It's full of all the time, everyone is cheering and true fans are there. "
The transfer of equipment to Brooklyn was announced in 2012 after a failed public funding attempt for a new scenario in Long Island and the approval of zoning for a development plan was rejected funded by private funds that would include reforms to the Coliseum. It was announced as a 25-year agreement and appeared to ensure the future of the Islanders in New York amid the talk that the team could move to another city.
Whatever the cozy charm many people saw in the old Coliseum, the renovations were welcome and the noise level had been deafening.
Attendance figures reflect the preference of the fans.
In seven games at the Coliseum this season, the islanders have averaged 13,568 followers with four sales of 13,917. They have obtained an average of 10,788 without sales at the Barclays Center, which has a capacity of 15,795. In general, Islanders 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 Icelanders after winning a championship in Washington last season, exploded over the Colosseum as one of the sands of the old style that fans get to the ice and It helps boost your local computer. Answer that the arena is worth 10-12 extra points during a season compared to other sites.
So far, the Islanders are 5-1-1 in Long Island and 9-6-2 in Brooklyn.
The agreement requires that the two scenarios uniformly divide the games for three years. This season, the Coliseum is getting 21, while Barclays receives 20. It is unclear what will be the breakdown in subsequent years.
BSE Global, which operates both areas, shares the fans' wishes for the team to play all their games in the Coliseum. The NHL opposed the total return of the Islander to the Coliseum, mainly due to a lower capacity than any other league field, but accepted the division agreement.
Also players like the Coliseum. The stadium and the equipment team at Eisenhower Park, one mile away, are less than 30 minutes away from home. In comparison, the afternoon traffic in New York can make the trip to Barclays Center more than 75 minutes. Some players change to Brooklyn on Long Island Rail Road and then take a home car.
"At the end of the day it does not matter where you play," veteran striker Matt Martin said. "You have to go out and do your job, take care of business and win hockey games. The global approach does not change."