Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Pre-season game set for Barclays
By Katie Strang
The New York Islanders will finally play their first game at their future home when they host the New Jersey Devils in an exhibition match at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 21, 2013.
The two clubs were set to square off at the new venue this past pre-season, but the lockout wiped the game off the schedule.
The Islanders are planning to move to Barclays Center once their lease with Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015, and this will provide the first glimpse of NHL action at the arena.
“Over the past 40 years, Nassau Coliseum has been one of the best buildings to attend and watch a hockey game,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said, according to the team's website. “Our fans create an atmosphere that is second to none where you can feel the energy inside the Coliseum when the team makes a big play. I’m excited for our fans to bring that energy and have the ability to enjoy an Islanders game while taking advantage of the world class amenities at Barclays Center, that stand above and beyond what any other arena provides. This preseason game will be their first opportunity to do so. Our strong group of young talent is ready to take the ice in their future home, Barclays Center.”