New York Islanders to join Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in 2015

Christopher Pasatieri

Multiple sources are reporting that the New York Islanders have agreed to join the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, starting in 2015, when the Isles' lease at Nassau Coliseum runs out. The decision to move west along the Long Island Railroad will be detailed at a 1 p.m. press conference.

Islander owner Charles Wang will be joined at the press conference by Bruce Ratner, Brett Yormark, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The Nets have long sought the Islanders who have tried and failed at numerous attempts to either renovate the 40-year-old Coliseum or build a new arena amidst a residential and commercial center in Hempstead. A year ago, Nassau County voters voted down spending $400 million on a new arena.

Barclays Center currently can seat 14,500 for hockey. The big problem is that the far end of the rink cannot be seen from seats in the upper bowl. Those seats cannot be sold as a result. Barclays has enough space for an "Islander campus" to house a locker room and other player amenities, said a league source.

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