The New York Islanders today announced they will be relocating to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16 NHL season. A press conference was held earlier today at 1pm ET at the new arena to announce the news.
The four-time Stanley Cup Champion Islanders have played at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY since their first season way back in 1972/73, team owner Charles Wang has complained about playing in the aging Coliseum for several years now. Nassau County politicians recently voted against renovations for the 40-year-old arena. The move coincides with when the Islanders’ lease with the Coliseum expires in 2015.
What matters most to us here at SportsLogos.Net is what will change with the team identity… nothing. The team was quick to announce that the name and logo will remain untouched as they move to Brooklyn. Brooklyn, afterall, is the largest area, population-wise on Long Island, and the New York City colours of blue, white, and orange are a perfect match for the Islanders.
Also announced was that the Islanders have signed a 25 year lease (beginning in 2015) to play at the Barclays Center, which puts them there through 2041 – coincidentally the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Americans, the only NHL club to use the Brooklyn name.
This move also reunites the Nets and the Islanders who originally played together at the Coliseum in Uniondale in the early days of both franchises.
The video of the press conference courtesy our fancy YouTube channel: