Islanders Make Barclays Center Debut Before Sold-Out Crowd Of 14,689
Last night's Devils-Islanders preseason matchup at Barclays Center was the venue's first official NHL game, and was played "in front of a sold-out house" of 14,689. The game "seemed to be met with positive feedback from players and fans alike" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/22). The atmosphere was "more electric than the usual preseason game" (NEWSDAY, 9/22). Islanders Owner Charles Wang "dropped a ceremonial first puck" along with Forest City Ratner Chair & CEO Bruce Ratner (N.Y. POST, 9/22).
A N.Y. TIMES headline read, "Islanders Bring NHL To Brooklyn, But Preview Gets Mixed Reviews."