Barclays Center announced Tuesday that the Islanders and the Devils will play a long-delayed preseason game next September 21 in Brooklyn. The two teams were supposed to play the exhibition game last October, but the NHL lockout led to its cancellation. Tickets for the game go on sale next week, with pre-sale for both Islander and Net season ticket holders starting Thursday.
The announcement came hours after Islanders Point Blank, the leading fan site for the team, reported Nassau Coliseum and Charles Wang are in talks to buyout the Islander lease at Nassau Coliseum and move the team to Brooklyn in 2014, one year earlier than originally planned.
"According to sources with Nassau and the Islanders, both sides are open to a financial arrangement that could benefit the bankrupt county and the money-losing team," the site reported. "The Islanders’ lease does not expire for another two full seasons, in the summer of 2015."
The site also quoted a source as saying the team will "without question" play next year's schedule in Nassau. The reason is that the Brooklyn arena needs a lot of work to set up for hockey. Among the construction needs: NHL standard locker rooms under sections 22-25.
Whenever the Islanders move, the coliseum, which is beset by age and asbestos, will be renovated into an 8,000-seat venue for concerts. The county is already seeking bidders. One developer who's applied to renovate and convert: Bruce Ratner.
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