Breakups are never easy, especially when it’s between a professional sports team and a billion dollar event complex. According to Bloomberg and CBS News, it seems as though Barclays Center will no longer be the host arena to The Islanders. Average attendance for an Islanders game was 12,828, making it the third lowest in the NHL. The arena’s financial advisors concluded that they could make more money without hosting the former Long Island team., reportedly submitting financial projections to investors that do not include any Islanders related-revenue after the 2018-19 season, when the arena can opt-out of it’s 25 year contract with the team.
Without the Islanders, they will focus solely on hosting Nets games and concerts, while the Islanders take time to focus on themselves. As of now, it’s not known where the Islanders will head after the split…
The Islanders have reportedly looked into stadium options in Queens, including new facilities and the grounds of Belmont Park, in addition to the possibility of returning to Nassau Coliseum.