Islanders Take the Train to the Game
As the Islanders embark on the start of training camp for the 2013-14 season, they began their continuing transition from the Nassau Coliseum to their soon to be home, the Barclays Center. On the morning of September 12, 2013 the hockey club teamed up with the MTA and the Long Island Rail Road on their “Take the Train to the Game” campaign.
General Manager Garth Snow, forwards Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin, and Garden City Mayor John Watras joined LIRR representatives this morning at 8:15am at the Garden City train station for a brief press conference to discuss the ease and efficiency of taking the train to the Barclays Center. Even though some New York City commuters may disagree with all of the accolades of the MTA and LIRR, spending 44 minutes on an air conditioned train, rather than sitting in traffic and scuffling to find parking in Brooklyn sounds like a much better option. Since the Barclays Center opened last year, commuters to the Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center station are up a whopping 300%.
The presser continued with Garth Snow saying a few words about his current living situation in Nassau County, a resident since 2001, and how he plans stay even when the team moves. Mayor Watras reiterated the simplicity of the LIRR and wished the team luck in their future seasons.
To end the formal part of the day, Nielsen and Martin took a friendly faceoff on the train station grounds. The players and GM took time after the press conference to shake hands and take pictures with fans and fellow train takers while waiting for the rest of the Islander team who arrived shortly after via the team bus. The team hopped on the 8:51am train to Brooklyn and continued their busy day.
With training camp beginning today, the first preseason game in under a week, and the regular season in just over 3 weeks, the anticipation and excitement is high among the players, personnel, and fans. “A Shift in Power” is upon us and today is just the start.