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As Michelle Obama fills Barclays, the Islanders fill the Nassau Coliseum


Last night, Michelle Obama took her book tour to a sold-out Barclays Center, while the New York Islanders, with terrible attendance in Brooklyn, began the first of 21 games this season at the Nassau Coliseum by selling out the building, with an amped crowd.

That 13,917 in attendance is well above the Islanders' average in Brooklyn, but would still make for the smallest NHL arena.

Keep watch to see consistent high attendance, which might--along with the possibility of more well-attended Brooklyn events--convince BSE Global (which operates both Barclays and the Coliseum) and the team to move all games over the next two years to Nassau, rather than splitting them with Brooklyn.

Still, as many have observed, it'll be tough for a new Belmont arena, assuming it's built, to coexist with the Coliseum nearby, without one suffering in terms of attendance.

A split season

Update: as noted by Newsday 12/3/18:
Their final regular-season game at Barclays Center will be Feb. 16. Starting Feb. 26, the Islanders will play their final 12 home games at the Coliseum.
The Islanders’ average attendance in their first 11 games at Barclays Center this season is 10,448.