February 04, 2016

New York Islanders arena's CEO says fans with obstructed views should watch the game on their phones

StaffRebel Columnist

When the New York Islanders moved from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the Barclays Center, some fans complained about the number of obstructed views.

The arena, which was built for basketball and not hockey, has a lot of seats with this problem.

Just check out this graphic on TSN's site.

So, when Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark sat down to talk with Sports Illustrated, the issue of fans with obstructed views came up. Here's what he said.

“There's really nothing we're going to do from a capital improvement stand point. You can watch the game on a mobile device. The game is on the score board. There are many ways to watch the game if you're in one of those obstructed seats.”

Wow. Now, to be fair, fans do know in advance that these seats are obstructed. However, this response is just laughable. Why not just go to a bar to watch the game? It beats watching on your phone.

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commented 2016-02-05 00:20:03 -0500
“I want your money…just give me money…inside, I want so much money”, The Flying Lizards
commented 2016-02-04 19:51:28 -0500
It’s like what happened with the Winnipeg Arena all those years ago. Nobody here misses that awful thing.
commented 2016-02-04 18:43:52 -0500
My response would be to cancel my seasons tickets, and with draw my support for the team.