Islanders fans take issue with Barclays Center warm up policy

Josh Cooper
Islanders fans take issue with Barclays Center warm up policy

The New York Islanders fans are going through some growing pains at the team’s new home in Brooklyn.

First they voiced their displeasure with the goal horn at Barclays Center – which was changed to the sound used at Nassau Coliseum. The latest issue involves certain fans being not being allowed to watch warm ups near the glass.

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Said Islanders Point Blank:

Prior to the first two home games of the season, Islanders fans who arrived early for warm ups discovered they would not be allowed to watch the pre-game ritual from the lower bowl of Barclays Center unless they held a ticket to that section.

This irked Islanders supporters sitting in different sections who showed up early and wanted to watch the team before moving into their ticketed areas.  

Because of this, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark announced a plan to give 91 Islanders full and half season ticket holders the ability to watch warmups at glass level. The tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis starting Thursday night’s game against Nashville. The “91” number is likely in honor of Islander captain John Tavares who wears No. 91.

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Many NHL teams allow all ticketed fans to watch warm ups. Though this does provide some level of congestion in the area between people who came early to watch warm ups and people who paid for those seats.

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Islanders Point Blank sums up whether this is a problem worth tackling:

I can see both perspectives from a practicality sense on this. As a fan who used to have season seats behind the net at the Coliseum, it used to be a little annoying to ask people to move so you can sit down in your seats (because someone is always standing right where you sit), then if you want to sit down and maybe eat something, stare at their backs for the next 15 minutes, only to see them head up to the 300s when the horn sounded.That said, it wasn’t that big of a deal. In the scenario I just laid out, I could just stand up myself and solve that problem. It certainly not a big enough of an issue to put a policy like this in place.

There’s definitely some level of give-and-take between the positives of the hip, new building in bustling Brooklyn and the nostalgia of Nassau Coliseum, where the Islanders played from 1972-2015. 

According to the Wall Street Journal:

For some, the commute is cheaper. According to the Blue and Orange Army’s Victoria Dee, a Roslyn Heights native who goes by “Mom” among Islanders fans, her senior fare on the train ($11.50 round trip) is a nice reduction from the Coliseum’s old $15 parking fee. But she does have a few complaints. She was upset that she wasn’t permitted to walk from her seat down to ice level to watch her Islanders warm up before Monday’s preseason game against Washington. “That’s terrible,” said Dee. “We want to see them warm up. The guys know us. They throw us pucks. We had a good time [at the Coliseum].”

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