Sports Islanders Sell Out Season Tickets for First Season at New Arena
Islanders win 5-4 to take 3-2 lead in series over Bruins
BOSTON (AP) — With five minutes left and his New York Islanders bleeding away their three-goal lead, coach Barry Trotz called a timeout and told his players to breathe. “He just calmed everyone down," said forward Josh Bailey, who had a goal and an assist in the 5-4 victory that gave New York a 3-2 lead in the second-round series. "He told us to apply pressure, not sit back. Just getting everyone focused. You need that at certain times, and I thought that was a good time.
In the midst of the New York Islanders’ second straight trip to the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, season tickets for the first season at UBS Arena have sold out.
NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of the New York Islanders’ second straight trip to the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and nearly 4 1/2 months before the opening of their new arena, season tickets for the first season in their new home are sold out.
UBS Arena, under construction next to the racetrack at Belmont Park and expected to open in November with a capacity of around 17,000 for hockey, has sold its allotment of about 15,000 season tickets, the Islanders announced Monday.
'New York Saints' moniker catches on during Islanders run
Seth Tierney got chills hearing Islanders fans at a jam-packed Nassau Coliseum chant, “New York Saints! New York Saints!” By then, Tierney had figured out it wasn't about the now-defunct indoor lacrosse team by the same name he played three seasons for. The NFL's New Orleans Saints knew it wasn't about them, either, but that didn't stop them from hopping aboard the bandwagon. Since Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said while criticizing officiating, “They sell a narrative over there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders," the moniker has caught on.
“We are so proud to have the support of these Islanders fans. They’ve responded in such overwhelming fashion,” said Mike Cosentino, Islanders senior vice president of sales. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the Islanders faithful to their new home at UBS Arena in the fall.”
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Also, 50 of the arena’s 56 suites have been sold out, and fewer than 240 seats are still available in the Dime Club.
The Islanders plan to start a waiting list for season tickets, and individual game tickets will also be sold.
“Selling out season tickets is a true testament to this loyal fanbase,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, which manages the arena. “This arena will bring the very best in both hockey and entertainment to fans across the region.”
The Islanders are tied in their semifinal series with the Tampa Bay Lightning at two games apiece heading into Game 5 on the road Monday night. Game 6 will be back at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.
Fans seeking scarce Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup tickets face hefty prices .
MONTREAL — Fans looking to secure tickets to a Montreal Canadiens game during the Stanley Cup finals should be ready to fork over a small fortune. Only 3,500 tickets per game were available as of Monday, dispersed through a lottery system by the hockey club among its season ticket holders.