The Islanders recent move to the Barclays Center has had its share of kinks, which are still being worked out to help turn the arena into a great NHL venue. One of the issues facing the arena is the fact that it is primarily the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets first and foremost, which has unfortunately led to there being several sections of obstructed seats, and you’ll want to avoid sitting in sections 201-204 and 229-232.
The team was also slow to move over some of their traditions to the new arena. However, most of these eventually made their way to the Barclays Center. Originally the Islanders did not have a goal horn, but that indiscretion was immediately reversed and in the time since the Islanders mascot Sparky the Dragon has joined the team at their new arena as well.
One thing the Barclays Center does do well is food. The arena is home to many different types of cuisine ranging from burgers to tacos to barbecue. The concession stands here also all feature one Brooklyn-themed item allowing you to taste some of the local fare while in the arena. The food at the Barclays Center is top notch, and you will not leave feeling hungry thanks to the wide selection.
Another great aspect of attending an Islanders game is that you can usually find tickets on the secondary market for low prices. The tickets to Islanders games are certainly a bargained compared to what you’ll pay at MSG, and you can even find tickets for as low as $6 making an Islanders game one of the cheapest entertainment options in the city.
If you’re looking for a cheap date or to experience an NHL game at a fraction of the cost of attending a Rangers game, then an Islanders game is an experience that can’t be beaten.
Things to check out
Retired Numbers and Championship Banners
Pay tribute to the Islanders dynasty teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s by checking out the Islanders banners at the Barclays Center. Hanging from the rafters are four Stanley Cup banners celebrating the Islanders four Cup wins as well as banners honoring the best players from those teams including Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, and Bryan Trottier.
The 40/40 Club & Restaurant
If you want to experience an upscale dining experience while at the game then make sure to check out The 40/40 Club & Restaurant. The 40/40 Club & Restaurant features 36 TVs and a great view of all the action on the ice, so you can keep track of all the action going on around the league as well as inside the arena.Watch video
Boomer & Carton Kitchen
Boomer & Carton Kitchen is named for the WFAN sports talk radio hosts and is an excellent place to get burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs with a bit of Brooklyn flair. The Batchagaloop Burger is the stands signature item, so make sure to pick one up during your visit to the Barclays Center.
Blue and Orange Army
The Orange and Blue Army are the most diehard Islanders supporters inside the Barclays Center and can be found in sections 228, 229, and 329. These fans live and die with their team and even have their own chants and songs, so if you’re looking to sit alongside the biggest Isles fans out there make sure to get tickets in one of these sections.Watch video
Islanders goal song
YES! YES! YES!
Whether it’s before the game, after a goal, or after a win, you’ll certainly hear the YES! chant when attending an Islanders game. The chant was started by WWE star Bryan Danielson and has quickly become an Isles fans favorite, so join in on the chant when attending a game.
YES! YES! YES!