The Barclays Center will be the home of the New York Islanders in the very near future. The future move has excited some, but it has raised criticism from those pointing out that the venue isn't the best for hockey. Previously it was stated that the seats with limited views wouldn't be for sale. However, the official hockey capacity has been boosted to "15,000 plus" and this total includes numerous seats with horrible views.
How bad are the views? Check out some of the pictures courtesy of New York Magazine.
As mentioned above, the official attendance for hockey games was supposed to be 14,500. The decision was then made to sell limited view seats at a discounted rate, bumping up the official capacity to 15,813. It's clear you're buying an obstructed or limited view seat, but it may not be clear just how bad the view is you're getting (see above).
The article from New York Magazine details that imperfections such as the scoreboard hanging over the blueline are forgivable, but some of these seats don't even have a view of one zone's face-off dots, let alone a view of the net.
In other words, here's hoping the Isles draw some big and loud crowds to their future home. Considering Sports Interaction and other betting sites rank the Isles as 30/1 favorites and playoff contenders, the club should have decent attendance numbers when they officially occupy their new home. Let's just hope fans know what type of view they're purchasing.
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This is typical Islanders. They were going to play a preseason game at Barclays but was cancelled due to the lockout. Then they go ahead and sign an ironclad lease to move into Barclays without playing one game in it and seeing how things would work out. It wasn't designed with hockey in mind so it'll be interesting to see what Bruce Ratner does with the building, if anything at all. It's an embarrassment to Islander fans who have suffered at the Nassau Coliseum for years and now finally have a state-of-the-art arena. Say what you want about the Coliseum but it really has some of of the best sightlines for hockey.