Islanders to Brooklyn in 2015
Reports: Islanders moving to Brooklyn
Originally published: October 24, 2012 10:22 AM
Updated: October 24, 2012 10:44 AM
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Photo credit: Howard Schnapp | New York Islanders owner Charles Wang during a press conference to announce plans to build a ballpark and a new state of the art Nassau Coliseum. (May 11, 2011)
The Islanders are moving to Brooklyn, according to multiple reports.
The team is planning to make a "major announcement" Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the team said on its website.
ABC Eyewitness News reported the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn. The report cited sources.
Those expected to attend the event are Islanders owner Charles Wang, Barclays Center majority owner and developer Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, Islanders general manager Garth Snow and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets chief executive Brett Yormark.
The Islanders' lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015, and Wang has spent the past several years trying to get a new arena built to replace it, but the plan was voted down. The Islanders averaged 13,191 in attendance at the aging Coliseum last season, ranking next-to-last in the NHL.
The Islanders were supposed to play a preseason game at the Barclays Center against the Devils on Oct. 2, but that was canceled due to the NHL lockout.
The newly built Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Islanders have not formally announced the move, but noted in its announcement of the news conference that the Barclays Center is "located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City" -- and is "accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines."