The New York Islanders are a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of two ice hockey teams in New York City and one of three in the tri-state area. New Yorkers have to choose between their hometown teams, but the Rangers are considered THE team in the area.
NY Islanders Schedule
If you are looking to see great hockey and a wild game atmosphere, then head to an Islanders game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The NHL usually runs a similar schedule to the NBA. They play from fall all the way to the beginning of spring (October-April). If the teams make the playoffs and have a great run to the Stanley Cups, the extended season can go up until June.
Professional Sports and the Coronavirus 2020
The world has been battling a virus that has taken everyone by surprise. Just like the rest of the sports world, the NHL has decided to suspend their season and hopes to return once everything settles down. The virus that causes COVID-19 has stopped large gatherings which includes major events such as sports. The NHL initially decided to postpone the 2019-2020 season. The virus doesn’t seem like it will be going away anytime soon, so it appears that the season will be in jeopardy.
Even if for whatever reason sports do come back, games will initially be played without fans in attendance.
New York Islanders Tickets & Best Seats
Compared to the other two NY NHL teams, Islanders tickets are cheap: prices start at $15, but these are only for the upper rows. Good seats cost $80 to $150. Sometimes, when you order tickets on short notice, you may also have the option of picking them up at will call at the ticket counter at the stadium right before the game. You will see if this option is available to you when you buy the tickets. If the Islanders do not have a home game during your stay in New York, check out the schedules of the two other NHL teams in the area: the New York Rangers or the New Jersey Devils.
The best seats for the money are located in sections 223, 225 as well as 207 and 209. These seats give you a great view of the ice and, most importantly, allow you to see the puck! I personally do not care for the seats behind the goals. In my opinion, the view of the ice is much better from the side.
New York Islanders Stadium
The Islanders played in one of only three stadiums in the NHL that have not sold the rights to their name, Nassau Coliseum. Then in 2015, they started to play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (the same stadium where the Brooklyn Nets play).
How do you get to the stadium?
Barclays Center is one of the best things to do in Brooklyn and is easily accessible by subway. You can take lines 2, 3, 4, 5, B, and Q which takes you directly to the stadium. You can get there in less than 30 minutes from Manhattan. The official name of the station is “Atlantic Av – Barclays Ctr”. You’ll see many people with Islanders jerseys, so just follow the crowd to get to the stadium.
When should you arrive at the stadium?
I recommend you get to the stadium one hour before the game start. This will allow you to avoid the long wait lines that build right before the game and will also give you a chance to check out the other levels of Barclays Center and watch the players warm-up.
More About the New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are one of three NHL teams that have made their home in the New York metropolitan area. Their glory days were during the 1980s, but the fans and the atmosphere at the games have lost none of their cluster. The New York Rangers are their main rivals. This makes sense obviously because they’re trying to win the heart of New York. The current record f0r the Islanders against the Rangers is 130–116–19–9 (wins-losses-overtime losses-ties) with the New York Rangers leading the series.
New York Islanders History and Successes
The New York Islanders were founded in 1972 and reached the top of the rankings in short order. The team was made up of young, daring players that won just about every prize in ice hockey in the 1980s. A total of 6 division titles, 6 conference titles, and 4 Stanley Cup Championships – all in the course of only 9 years.
Up until today, the New York Islanders have not been able to repeat their former successes due to mismanagement. While they often make it to the playoffs, they are not Stanly Cup contenders. But the fans don’t really care since the atmosphere at games is always at a fever pitch. Hometown noise always gives a slight edge to the home team.
Fans & Atmosphere
New York Islanders fans have the reputation of being very loud and very enthusiastic. The atmosphere at The Barclays Center is guaranteed to be wild.
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