Islanders open the season at the Nassau Coliseum - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Islanders open the season at the Nassau Coliseum

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

After a long off-season because of the NHL lockout, Islander fans finally got to go to the Nassau Coliseum to see their team on the ice. 

But it will be one of the last home openers at the Coliseum before the team moves to Brooklyn in 2015. 

So what impact does that have for businesses in the area? 

Fans here in Uniondale, Long Island are really excited about the game but they also know that in a few years if they want to see their Islanders, they've got to go inland to Brooklyn.

 Saying Islander and Devil fans were excited about tonight's first post lockout game against each other at Nassau Coliseum may be an understatement. 

"Let's go Devils!" 

"Let's go Islanders, let's go Islanders!" 

The lockout lasted 113 days and as happy as fans are now they also know their happiness is fleeting. After 40 years on the island the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn's Barclay Center come 2015.

The team signed a 25 year lease. 

"I think it's the best thing for the organization. I'm looking forward to catching a few games at the Barclay Center," said one fan. 

"I'm a little disappointed. There are no more decent sport teams on Long Island," added another. 

"I'm proud of the move to Brooklyn, let's go Islanders!" 

Not only was the Coliseum packed tonight, but many businesses near the arena like Borelli's also saw many more customers. 

"People were happy to be back."  

Co-owner Frank Borrelli says despite the lockout, business has been good. But of course gets better during hockey season. 

Like many business owners, they're not happy to see their neighbor go, calling the move to Brooklyn bittersweet. 

"They're leaving in a year and a half but when one door closes and another one opens. There's a lot of things going on in the community. They just broke ground across the street at Eisenhower Park where they're putting in two hockey rinks and tennis courts," said Borrelli.

Business owners say in addition to possibly a new sports complex they're also grateful Hofstra University is here. They say that brings in a lot of business.

As for the Islander fans, they say the only way the team can possibly make up for the move to Brooklyn is to win a lot of games.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • ‘Swim across America’ cancer research and prevention event

    ‘Swim across America’ cancer research and prevention event

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 02:56:44 GMT
    The battle against cancer hit the shores of Larchmont, New York over the weekend. Hundreds took the plunge to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment as Swim across America held its annual open water swim across Long Island Sound. 
    The battle against cancer hit the shores of Larchmont, New York over the weekend. Hundreds took the plunge to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment as Swim across America held its annual open water swim across Long Island Sound. 
  • NY man arrested on DWI charge after friend killed

    NY man arrested on DWI charge after friend killed

    Saturday, July 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police say a Long Island man struck and killed a friend after she got out of his car and started walking because she believed he was drunk.
    Police say a Long Island man struck and killed a friend after she got out of his car and started walking because she believed he was drunk.
  • Another company to give family free cruise

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:52:08 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices