|ESPN chart, click to enlarge|
Indeed, the Times's Allan Kreda, on 11/21/15, observed Islanders Are Adjusting Faster to Their New Home Than Their Fans Are:
Against the conference-leading Montreal Canadiens on Friday, the arena had swaths of red-clad fans rooting for the visitors. They yelled, “Go, Habs, go” after each Montreal goal as the Canadiens skated to a 5-3 victory.There are partly plausible explanations, including the lack of Saturday night games, the competition with the baseball Mets, and the lack of Eastern Conference opponents. Attendance should go up during the holiday season.
The influx of opposing fans may have helped generate a crowd of 15,171 at Barclays, which has the league’s second-lowest capacity at 15,795, including many seats with obstructed views.
[Arena CEO Brett] Yormark said that on average, about 5,700 fans were taking the Long Island Rail Road to the team’s games in Brooklyn. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority relayed an average closer to 5,000. But either way, the number is significant.Ah, that's Yormark, always spinning.
|Obstructed seats, from the Barclays Center, via The Brooklyn Game|
NY SportsDay's Joe McDonald suggested:
Something also needs to be done with the obstructed seats. Instead of charging 40 bucks and have a large portion of the arena empty, why not charge $5. Put the fannies in the seats and make money from the concessions. And remember you are forcing your Long Island fans to pay the LIRR fees, so maybe something cheap will get them out too.Indeed, PuckDaddy blogger Greg Wyshynski wrote, Islanders at Barclays Center: Where terrible seats meet good intentions:
That level of self-awareness is rare among Islanders fans making their first foray into Barclays. There has been widespread anger and frustration with the move, not only because the arena features some of the oddest and most terrible sightlines in pro sports, but because the arena’s policies haven’t always been that welcoming to Islanders fans – witness the recent crackdown on fans watching warmups from the lower bowl. You need a special ticket to get downstairs before the game.
But sometimes, if you're sitting in Section 201, you get a ticket to come downstairs during the game.