Things changing in Metro area's NHL barns
In no particular order...
1. Nassau Coliseum will be renovated to the tune of about $230 million by Forest City Ratner, the folks behind Brooklyn's Barclays Center where the Nets now, and eventually, the Islanders, will play.
Couple questions come to mind:
Does this mean the Isles will move into the city for the 2014-15 NHL season? Or stick with 2015-16? Will the Isles then play some exhibition and/or regular-season games in Uniondale down the road? Not sure of exact seating capacity for hockey. Will there be any minor league team to call Uniondale home? Believe the AHL Sound Tigers have a lease for six or seven more years in Bridgeport.
2. The final phase of the $1 billion MSG renovation/transformation is expected to be completed in late October. Most noticeable difference will be north and south sky bridges above the ice, with seating for about 500 and a section for media. And there's more upper level changes coming with lounges and clubs in place of suites.
3. Devils new owners -- two finance executives with New Jersey ties who control the Philadelphia 76ers -- were introduced today. Along with former MSG Sports president Scott O'Neil, who will run business operations, they are aiming to lure more sponsors and fans to Newark's Prudential Center. Suggestion: Lower ticket prices. Lou Lamoriello remains in charge of all things hockey, and presumably will have some more $$$ to spend.
And oh yeah, with realignment, all three teams will play in the newly christened Metropolitan Division.