New York Islanders to move to Brooklyn in 2015

Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:47pm EDT
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By Edith Honan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Hockey League's (NHL) New York Islanders are moving to Brooklyn in 2015, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Islanders will leave their traditional home base at Nassau County on Long Island when their current lease expires after the 2014-15 season.

They will share the Barclays Center with the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets, who took up residence in the brand new multi-purpose indoor arena last month after leaving New Jersey.

"We have entered into a 25-year agreement beginning with the 2015-16 season," team owner Charles Wang told a conference.

"I am excited about today's announcement and look forward to a long successful future in Brooklyn. It was our goal from day one to keep the Islanders in the local New York area."

The Islanders confirmed that the team's name and logo would remain unchanged.

The announcement ended years of conjecture and debate over the long-term future of the Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was opened in 1972 when the team was first admitted to the NHL.

Plans to renovate the old stadium or build a new one were considered then rejected, prompting speculation the Islanders could shift to Brooklyn and reunite with the Nets.   Continued...

Islanders owner Charles Wang speaks during the announcement of NHL's New York Islanders' move to the Barclays Center in 2015 in Brooklyn, in New York October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly