Or, according to Newsday columnist Neil Best, "The fan vibe was as mixed as you would expect: enthusiasm for the team, but with an understandable undercurrent of crankiness and resentment."
A report in the Times noted "mixed reviews from the fans in attendance, whose experiences varied greatly according to ticket price and location."
According to another Times report, "Though the opening-night tally was listed as a sellout, the lower bowl had many rows of empty seats and was reminiscent of the sea of vacant seats often seen in field level sections at Yankee Stadium." (Other reports say the seats filled up later in the game as some ticketholders moved down.)
Clearly, if there are things not quite fixable (sight lines), other kinks are yet to be worked out.
But the hype was in full swing. The Empire State Building was lit blue and orange the night before.Told one #Isles player ice looked like a giant slushy from the press box. "That's the correct word to use," he said. "Awful," another said.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 10, 2015
Several Nets players wore Islanders jerseys too. (And got booed, apparently for wearing the "Brooklynized" version, in black and white.)Great to have @deBlasioNYC in the house for #IslesOpeningNight in Brooklyn! pic.twitter.com/RXRLcSRrTk— Barclays Center (@barclayscenter) October 10, 2015