New York Islanders

New York Islanders Announce Move to Brooklyn

John Tavares and the New York Islanders will reportedly soon call Brooklyn home.
John Tavares and the New York Islanders will reportedly soon call Brooklyn home.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Lucien FloresContributor IOctober 24, 2012

It's official, The New York Islanders will play in Brooklyn starting in the 2015-2016 season. 

Edit: The bulk of this article comes from before the official announcement. 

The New York Islanders have called a press conference on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and are expected to announce the team's relocation to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to Newsday.

Per the report:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Wang, Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz are all scheduled to attend the 1 p.m. news conference. 

Newsday is not the only source to announce the news. Bob Mackenzie of TSN tweeted today, "Isles' moving announcement will be formally made at 1 pm ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn."

As TSN.ca writes, the Islanders are expected to finish their lease at the derelict Nassau Coliseum before moving to Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season. They'll be joining the New Jersey Nets of the NBA as tenants of the arena.

For Islanders owner Charles Wang, this is the culmination of years of trying to find a new home for his team. 

For Islanders fans, this is a relief. The team's future in New York seemed uncertain as attempt after attempt to build a new arena in Nassau failed. 

What's your opinion of the move? Let us know in the comments below. 

Lucien Flores also writes about music and film. Follow him on Twitter or browse his online portfolio


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