Bye-Bye Brooklyn

Reports are that the Islanders have won the bidding for the right to develop a new arena on land adjacent to Belmont Park. While it isn’t unclear how long it will take to build the arena, this clearly means they will be leaving the Barclays Center very soon.

Hockey in Brooklyn just didn’t work and there are two main reasons why. First, this is Ranger country. The Islanders have a loyal following, but it isn’t in Brooklyn. Second, the arena is a terrible place for hockey. It’s asymmetrical and there are seats that don’t let you see the entire ice. That combination of forces led the Islanders to look for a new home.

The amazing thing is how many new sports facilities have been built this century in the local area. Every major sports team has either gotten a new building, or had their entire arena gutted and rebuilt. We’ve also added a soccer stadium and have another team looking to build one somewhere in the area. By my count, that’s six new buildings in about 15 years with a seventh on the way. Atlanta just built a new football stadium to replace one that wasn’t even 25-years old, so we may see more building in the near future. I hope everyone enjoys paying taxes.

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  • blmeanie  On December 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

    with selling seat licenses at huge cost (like a mortgage) many seats are empty. Arthur Blank is getting criticized locally for pricing out the average fan. Yeah, I trumpeted his concession pricing but if the average football fan cannot attend, does it matter?

    You didn’t mention the new Braves stadium replacing a 20 year old stadium too. At least old Turner Field was sold to Georgia State University and has been renamed and will not be torn down. They are an in-town university that always had to play in the dome, never had a facility themselves.

    Shouldn’t you include the tremendous work done to the tennis facilities in recent years on your list of NY area stadium work?

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      I didn’t realize Atlanta was replacing two fairly new stadiums. I also just learned Arlington, TX is building a new baseball stadium less than 25 years after building the last one.

      The PSL thing is a crock. The Giants still haven’t sold all their PSLs because they were so expensive. I know lots of old time fans who bought big TVS and stopped going to games. They are quite happy.

      Good catch on the tennis stadiums. They have put a lot of money into that place recently.

  • Greg  On January 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

    The amazing thing is how many new sports facilities have been built this century in the local area. Every major sports team has either gotten a new building, or had their entire arena gutted and rebuilt.

    The amazing thing is how many many taxpayers have allowed politicians to prioritize sports arenas over basic infrastructure needs.

    I hope everyone enjoys paying taxes.

    I hope everyone remembers all this while transferring from buses to subways and enduring lengthy two-fare zone commutes because that don’t have subway service in their area. Or while they’re crammed into absurdly overcrowded Lexington Avenue subway trains because the long-promised Second Avenue Subway still hasn’t been close to completed decades after it was promised. Or while they’re stewing on the platform because their subways have once again been allowed to fall into a disgraceful state of disrepair.

    It has been said that “every nation gets the government it deserves”. Every city, too, apparently.

  • nysportsfanatic  On January 6, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Amen! There are about 5-million registered voters in NYC and just 20% of them bothered to vote for Mayor this past November. We get exactly what we deserve.

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