Monday, February 01, 2016

Barclays Center releases February 2016 calendar: 25 events (yes, Islanders help)

According to the latest event calendar released by the Barclays Center, February 2016 is expected to host 25 events: 7 Brooklyn Nets games, 5 New York Islanders games, 5 concerts, and 8 circus appearances (which will continue into March).

The estimated crowds are boilerplate, of course, but I'm not sure it's realistic to expect 15,000 fans for midweek Nets or Islanders games. Among the concerts, Il Volo is expected to draw 5,500, Def Leppard 10,000, and Janet Jackson 13,500. The circus is expected to draw 5,000.

By comparison, the arena in February 2015, without the Islanders, hosted about 25 events, albeit with days left unscheduled to prepare for NBA All-Star Weekend and and 20 circus shows over ten days. (This year the circus calendar runs through March 6.)

In other words, the Islanders sure help keep the building busier. Note that starting tonight it looks like they're trying to save money by opening the arena for Nets games only 60 minutes before tipoff.

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