Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Islanders may move to Brooklyn a year early; Daily News hypes Barclays Center courtside club

While the New York Islanders last October announced a move to the Barclays Center in 2015, owner Charles Wang wouldn't rule out an earlier move. Yesterday, IslandersPointBlank suggested, based on unnamed sources, that the move could come a year earlier, in the fall of 2014:
According to sources with Nassau and the Islanders, both sides are open to a financial arrangement that could benefit the bankrupt county and the money-losing team. The Islanders’ lease does not expire for another two full seasons, in the summer of 2015.
Leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier would enable the Islanders to begin capitalizing on revenue streams in Brooklyn, while not playing as lame duck tenants at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike any longer than possible.
And there might be a preseason game at the Barclays Center in the fall.

"Hottest scene in town"

Sycophantic Daily News real estate correspondent Jason Sheftell writes Game on: Calvin Klein Courtside Club at Barclays Center is the hottest scene in town: When the Nets are playing, the Club attracts a diverse group of celebs, citizens and high rollers to its sleek space.

On the one hand it's exclusive:
This is not the hottest new club in town or a celebrity roll-out event. It’s pregame at the Calvin Klein Courtside Club, below street level at Barclays Center — and only players’ families, VIPs, or paying courtside seat holders get in.
“Forget the Garden,” said Sam Calhoun from Brownsville, hanging in the Vault, the exclusive smaller space next door. “Look around, this is way cooler than any club.”
On the other, it's not:
“The entire idea of the arena is to make everyone feel like a VIP,” says Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “That was Jay-Z. He wanted to make sure, whether you’re in the last row or the first row, that you felt special.”
Do you think the Daily News mentions that the newspaper sponsors the Barclays Center plaza? Nope.

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