This blog is dedicated to providing updates on the New York Islanders arena situation.
January 15, 2012
A 14,500 Seat Arena May Just Be The Right Size For The Islanders
Some people believe that the new Barclays Center is too small to house an NHL franchise, since it will only house a 14,500 seat capacity for hockey. However if you look at the Islanders attendance figures over the years that does not seem to be the case. http://www.hockeydb.com/nhl-attendance/att_graph.php?tmi=7085
The average attendance for the Islanders over their first 39 season (this season is excluded) is 13,000 per game. That means that the Barclays Center offers over 1,500 seats more than the Islanders fill in a yearly average. In addition, the Islanders only averaged a crowed over 14,500 13 times in their first 39 years of existence (1987-88 and 2001-02 were excluded from that stat since the team averaged in the 14,500's), which means the Islanders would have fit comfortably in the Barclays Center for 26 seasons (66%). Having a smaller arena may actually help the Islanders ownership financially, since it would create a demand for tickets. Especially if the team is competitive, the supply and demand would be in the owners favor, and allow him to make a profit. Even during the Islanders glory years the team did not average a capacity crowd of 16,234 at the coliseum.
For the fans that would mean higher ticket prices in Brooklyn if the team is winning, since the demand would be high. However, I believe many fans would accept that to keep the Islanders in New York and better yet to see them be competitive again.