Barclays Center Analyzing Sightlines, "Capacity Issues" For NHL Hockey

UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 16: Chris Rawling #52 of the New York Islanders streches prior to the start of the skills competition on July 16, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Nets and Barclays Center are actively looking into making the Brooklyn arena more attractive for NHL hockey, both in terms of capacity and sight lines.

"We are analyzing the capacity issues in more detail," said an official of Barclays Center. His emailed statement was in response to a NetsDaily query asking about a "change order" listed among arena expenditures.  The order, for a little less than $3,000, was listed as "Design - Sight Line Study for Hockey".

That official said that study was complete but didn't expand on its conclusions.  However, it was completed before Brett Yormark issued a statement saying the Barclays Center could host NHL hockey.

All of this, of course, relates to the speculation that the New York Islanders might be seeking a new home after voters in Nassau County rejected a $400 million bond issue to build a new arena to replace Nassau Coliseum. Barclays Center, which was downsized in 2009, has a capacity of 18,000 for basketball, but only about 14,500 for hockey and questionable sight lines.

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