NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So how well are they doing?
Ever since it was announced a few years ago that the Islanders were leaving Nassau County for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, there have been concerns about how many fans would make the financial commitment to the team in its new home.
While Barclays Center officials have said repeatedly that season tickets are selling well for the 2015-16 season, how well has been open to some debate.
According to a report in the New York Post, the Isles may not be packing them in like they hoped, because they have resorted to getting new co-owner Jonathan Ledecky involved in the process of wooing core fan base members who haven’t already re-upped for the new season.
“That’s a leading indicator they have issues selling tickets,” a sports industry source told the Post.
A Barclays Center spokesman, however, assured the newspaper that the Islanders are ahead of their initial goal for the 2015-16 season, believed to be between 7,500 and 8,000 season tickets.
Ledecky and partner Scott Malkin bought a minority share of the team from owner Charles Wang back in 2014. They will become the majority owners prior to the 2016-17 season, with Wang retaining a piece of the team.
The Islanders called Nassau Coliseum home for their first 43 years of existence, but are now set to begin a 25-year lease at Barclays Center. Training camp begins on Sept. 21, with the first regular season game in Brooklyn scheduled for Oct. 9 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.