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Isles set to play 2012 preseason game in Brooklyn

The borough of Brooklyn is about to get another chapter in the history books in the world of sports, thanks to the Barclays Center. The state-of-the art arena, which will play host to the Nets, will also play host to the first NHL game, as the New York Islanders are set to host the Devils on October 2, 2012.

“We are extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manger Garth Snow said on Islanders.com. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking to expanding our base to Brooklyn.”

Though the city is known to have a ton of fans supporting the Red, White and Blue, there are many that also support the Islanders-so it’ll be interesting to see the reception for the Orange and Blue when they play the preseason game in October.

“We feel that Brooklyn is an untapped hockey market that offers the Islanders with an exciting opportunity to grow its fan base,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said on Islanders.com. “Barclays Center will also afford current Islanders fans with great accessibility, as the Long Island Rail Road and nine subway lines will come directly to the arena at the Atlantic Terminal Transit hub.”

Brooklyn, who has given fans such sports figures like Joe Paterno (Penn State University), Joe Pepitone (MLB), Joe Torre (MLB), Al ‘Bummy’ Davis (boxing), Larry Brown (NBA), Mike Tyson (boxing), Paul Lo Duca (MLB), Vinny Testaverde (NFL) and Vince Lombardi (NFL); will now get to regain a professional hockey team for one pre-season game.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets are invited to click on the link below for more information:

http://www.barclayscenter.com/

Written on January 31, 2012

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