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The Islanders debut in Brooklyn, with mixed fan vibe, hype from de Blasio, Nets

So the Islanders opened their Brooklyn residency last night and, according to a report in Newsday, "Long Islanders have been less happy with the move, but for opening night, there was nary an ounce of negativity."

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.
Several Nets players wore Islanders jerseys too. (And got booed, apparently for wearing the "Brooklynized" version, in black and white.)


  1. LOL. I don't know what those are but they aren't Islanders jerseys.

    1. I think those are the new third "Brooklynized" Jersey


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