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#21 Jerzey Devil

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:31 PM

Jesus, Brooklyn is even closer to Newark than MSG.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

Interesting to see how many people on other sports sites aren't aware that Brooklyn is on Long Island.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:45 PM

Is anyone surprised by this? I expected this to happen, it was just too easy for them to do.....


I was surprised initially, since the seating is limited with obstructed views. But now that I think of it, it's potentially gonna be a nice money maker for them. Fewer seats means you can charge more them, especially if you are attracting affluent NYC residents. Depends how much people really enjoy seeing games in that arena.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:46 PM

I'll believe it when I see them actually play a regular season there. Until then, this just strikes me as having "Another Crazy Charles Wang Ploy" written all over it.


It's a 25 year lease. What exactly would be ployish about this? The Islanders have failed to get any momentum going for an arena on Long Island.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:14 PM

I was surprised initially, since the seating is limited with obstructed views. But now that I think of it, it's potentially gonna be a nice money maker for them. Fewer seats means you can charge more them, especially if you are attracting affluent NYC residents. Depends how much people really enjoy seeing games in that arena.


I hear your point but 14,500 seats? Thats ridiculous. Why stop there. Why not build an 8,500 seat barn and charge an arm and a leg per seat.

And on a different point, I felt the Devils were making some inroads with fans in the NYC boundaries due to the Pru. The Isles in BK is more competition AND more $$ for the Nets and Jay-Z...ugh

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

Good news for the Isles and metro-area hockey fans in general. They're moving 22 miles closer to the metro-area.
Good for us in that there will be less air travel to the handful of games against them.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

I'm surprised because, while I've always thought this is probably the most logical way out of this whole Nassau situation (despite the arena appearently not being 100% suitable for hockey), I haven't really heard any reports about the Isles in quite some time and the media are usually all over a planned relocation weeks before it's announced.

But good for them, I guess. With all the venues in the area it really didn't make sense to build yet another one just for them (if they were some heroes of the state, winning championship after championship and selling out every night, with fans all over NY, maybe it would make more sense, but they're not quite there).
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

I hear your point but 14,500 seats? Thats ridiculous. Why stop there. Why not build an 8,500 seat barn and charge an arm and a leg per seat


14500 isn't all that bad. It's not that far off what Nassau Col. holds and the Isles don't draw much anyway.

If anything, it could take away from the Rangers fan base. I know a few Knicks fans who are changing their allegiance to the Nets because they hate the Dolans and grew up in Brooklyn. Ranger fans though are, if anything else, loyal, so probably won't be that much, although we can dream.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:34 PM

Well if this still means that I can watch 3 hockey games in a day past 2015 without buying center ice I'm all for it.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:40 PM

14500 isn't all that bad. It's not that far off what Nassau Col. holds and the Isles don't draw much anyway.

If anything, it could take away from the Rangers fan base. I know a few Knicks fans who are changing their allegiance to the Nets because they hate the Dolans and grew up in Brooklyn. Ranger fans though are, if anything else, loyal, so probably won't be that much, although we can dream.


I don't know about that. I know at least one huge Ranger fan (STH) who lives in Brooklyn and said he would switch if the Isles moved to Barclays. We'll see if he goes through with it.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:44 PM

I'll believe it when I see them actually play a regular season there. Until then, this just strikes me as having "Another Crazy Charles Wang Ploy" written all over it.


That's what everyone said about the arena in Brooklyn, that it would never get done. They announced a 25-year lease, it's pretty much impossible to go back now.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:45 PM

It's a 25 year lease. What exactly would be ployish about this? The Islanders have failed to get any momentum going for an arena on Long Island.


When I wrote that, I hadn't heard the word "lease" used yet.

I'm anxious to see how Barclays Center plans on retrofitting their 94-foot hole to fit a 200-foot peg. The seating map they put out for the preseason game makes it look like their engineers have their work cut out for them.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

Of course, they're only going to wind up playing 21 years there cause this league sucks and can't wait to cancel seasons.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:56 PM

When I wrote that, I hadn't heard the word "lease" used yet.

I'm anxious to see how Barclays Center plans on retrofitting their 94-foot hole to fit a 200-foot peg. The seating map they put out for the preseason game makes it look like their engineers have their work cut out for them.



Yeah I'm really curious how much fans will enjoy seeing a game with the unique seating. If I were the Islanders I really would have waited until these exhibition games and did some market research on how fans felt about the experience before committing to 25 years. I am skeptical, it might not have the electricity of other NHL games due to the ice not being surrounded by fans.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:58 PM

I wish Wang would just sell the team, he has made a laughing stock of a one-time Dynasty type of franchise.

Overall, great move for the team. Long Island is just not a media market.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:59 PM

When I wrote that, I hadn't heard the word "lease" used yet.

I'm anxious to see how Barclays Center plans on retrofitting their 94-foot hole to fit a 200-foot peg. The seating map they put out for the preseason game makes it look like their engineers have their work cut out for them.

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I really hope this works out for the Isles. I've never had any hatred or animosity towards them since they feel like a cousin to the Devils based upon the common hatred of the Rangers. However, that is the strangest setup of a hockey rink I've ever seen. They are already talking about retrofitting the arena to make it more suitable for hockey. The place opened a month ago and it already needs renovations. Why they didn't build it for use in both basketball and hockey setups is beyond me.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:08 PM

I really hope this works out for the Isles. I've never had any hatred or animosity towards them since they feel like a cousin to the Devils based upon the common hatred of the Rangers. However, that is the strangest setup of a hockey rink I've ever seen. They are already talking about retrofitting the arena to make it more suitable for hockey. The place opened a month ago and it already needs renovations. Why they didn't build it for use in both basketball and hockey setups is beyond me.


Because when it was designed, the economy was still strong and they assumed that the Lighthouse project or something else would happen to keep the Islanders on Long Island, in which case designing this arena for hockey would've been a giant waste of money.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:09 PM

When I wrote that, I hadn't heard the word "lease" used yet.

I'm anxious to see how Barclays Center plans on retrofitting their 94-foot hole to fit a 200-foot peg. The seating map they put out for the preseason game makes it look like their engineers have their work cut out for them.

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That looks absolutely absurd. The seating angles of the entire left side are poor and will be hard to sell.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

That looks absolutely absurd. The seating angles of the entire left side are poor and will be hard to sell.


That's why they are $14.50 and I doubt you have to stand in line for those tickets like the $15 (used to be $10) tickets at the Rock.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:21 PM

I wonder how much they will make off luxury boxes compared to Nassau
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