Coverage of plans to bring the Islanders to Brooklyn.
A consultant's report unearthed by a critic and chronicler of the Atlantic Yards (now Pacific Park) reveals that the Nets gate count --the actual number of fans who showed up at the arena-- was more than 23% below the announced official attendance.
Norman Oder, longtime critic and chronicler of Barclays Center and the overall Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project, writes at length Monday about the financial condition of Barclays Center, suggesting that the arena is operating below projections.
Brett Yormark spoke to Bloomberg News Thursday about the Barclays Center, the Nets, and the future, saying that the big reason for the arena and team's success has been ... Brooklyn itself. He provides new numbers on team sales, merchandise sales.
The Islanders will play another season at Nassau Coliseum. Although Barclays Center officials thought they might be able to accelerate the Isles moves, it didn't work out, Newsday is reporting. The NHL club will now arrive, as planned, in 2016.
The Nets have made no secret of their desire to attract more Long Islanders to Brooklyn, not just for NHL games in a couple of years, but for NBA games this season. The MTA, which runs the LIRR, is now taking out ads to promote extra trains east.
In 1974 and 1976, the New York Nets won ABA titles at Nassau Coliseum. Once the team moved to New Jersey, the banners went with them. Then, Saturday, they suddenly re-appeared near the four Stanley Cup banners won by the Islanders. What's going on?
Brett Yormark had six long years to "transition" the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn, longer than he and everyone else associated with the team wanted. It was difficult but it taught him and his team lessons now being transferred to the Islanders.
Thursday, the Islanders took the route they hope their fans will take in two years. "Take the Train to the Game," read the signs in Garden City as the Isles boarded an LIRR train bound for Brooklyn. They opened their training camp on the new ice.