Barclays Center’s rink layout shows it was not built for hockey

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The New York Islanders will move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center following next season, which means a few structural changes for the arena. The above photo, which was tweeted and Instagrammed out by Barclays Center, shows how the layout will look for a hockey rink.

As you can probably tell, it’s a little off. Barclays Center was not built for hockey, it was built for basketball; the rink (much larger than an NBA court) is off-center in the arena, so much so that there are no seats behind the net stage left. The scoreboard is also off-center as a result.

The arena will fit 14,500 fans for hockey games, making it the smallest arena in terms of attendance in the NHL.

Still: beats Nassau!