New York Islanders Rumors
The Nets/Barclays Center team took over the Islanders business operations a couple of months back. So far, so good. Helped by a playoff appearance last season, the Islanders have sold 3,000 more season tickets this summer and seen 87 percent of last year’s season ticket holders renew, despite the team’s lame duck status. The team opened its training camp on the Brooklyn ice and announced a number of things, including the design for the new locker room and plans for an Islander Team Store inside the arena. On Saturday, the Islanders will host the Devils in an exhibition game at Barclays. From what Yormark says, the ticket sales show that Brooklyn is embracing the Islanders. He tells Newsday that 25 percent of the 11,000 fans who bought tickets are from Brooklyn; 32 percent from Nassau and Suffolk. There’s another phenomenon at work, too. Anecdotal evidence suggests Nets fans are becoming Islander fans and vice versa.
In an interview with this blog’s founder Chris Botta back in April, Islanders owner Charles Wang opened up about the Islanders impending move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. One new piece of information that came out of the interview was that the business side of the Islanders will be folded into that of the Barclays Center. While GM Garth Snow and the rest of the hockey operations staff will largely remain intact, that will not be the case for other departments such as the advertising sales and ticket sales staff.