Could the Islanders come to the Barclays Center after all?
A state investigation into allegations that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – home of the New York Islanders’ – has an asbestos problem, could bring the hockey team to the brand new Barclays Center if the problem isn’t resolved by the start of next season, says Brooklyn Daily.
The state Department of Labor launched an investigation into the arena on March 30, after the Daily says that more than 75 workers alleged the asbestos problem.
If a cleanup of the Coliseum continues through the start of hockey season in the fall, or if county officials shut the arena down, the Daily says that the Barclays Center would be an “easy option,” and one that would still fulfill the National Hockey League’s requirement that the team play on Long Island.
The team has spent more than a decade fighting for a way out of the old Nassau Coliseum, and recently, county voters last year overwhelmingly to pay for a new Coliseum.
In October, against the New Jersey Devils at the new Barclays Center.