Every NHL fan knows the New York Islanders have moved from their original home on Long Island to Brooklyn to play at the Barclays Center. In addition to the change of venue, it seems the team is doing everything they can to Brooklynize the franchise by adding added new alternate uniforms which use the same color scheme (black, yawn) as the Nets and they also decided to change their goal horn as well.
While nothing was wrong with their old goal horn, which can be heard below, the team and the Barclays Center decided they wanted a goal celebration to better exemplify Brooklyn — a subway train honk.
Introducing the new @nyislanders goal horn that we worked on with the MTA. pic.twitter.com/PcAwbuIAVc— Barclays Center (@barclayscenter) September 29, 2015
While this is only a slight change, it is one that definitely has not been getting rave reviews on social media — especially from already feeling slighted Long Islanders.
But after some thought, the Barclays decide to derail the idea — albeit reluctantly.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark announced on ESPN New York radio's "The Michael Kay Show" that the traditional horn would remain for the team's first season in Brooklyn.
"I read between the lines," Yormark said, speaking of the mostly harsh, negative reaction to the new horn on social media. "We want the fans to have a great experience at Barclays Center. So after meeting with my team today and understanding the pros and cons of going with something that's a little bit more Brooklyn versus something that's been around for a while, we decided that for opening night we will go back to the goal horn that has been around for years.
"I'm not acquiescing to the Islanders fans, what I am doing is doing the right thing. And the right thing is welcoming the Islanders fans to Brooklyn, do it the right way, and we feel this is part of that process."
Kay asked Yormark to clarify whether he meant the old horn would be in place for opening night or for the entire season and Yormark said, "For the season, but at the same time I just want them to understand there has to be a balance of new and old in order to grow this fan base but also maintain the hardcore fan base that currently exists."
Yormark said that to date of the "total universe" of ticket buyers 33 percent are from Manhattan and Brooklyn and 30 percent from Nassau and Suffolk.
Let's see how long the arena keeps the traditional sounding horn before bowing to their new hipster fan base.