The home alternate jersey has been a historical issue of concern for New York Islanders fans. Dating back to the mid-‘90s days of the fisherman logo, notoriously dubbed by fans as the “fish sticks” jersey, the Islanders have seemed to be on a path of snowballing embarrassment with each successive release. Such may be the case again this season, as the team on Wednesday showcased their new third jersey in their first year in Brooklyn.
Opting for a simplistic appeal, the new jersey is highlighted by just two colors – black and white – in what is likely a nod of linearity with the Brooklyn Nets, who also play their home games at the Barclays Center and don a similar jersey. Fans initially expressed mixed opinions, either hating that the team has broken from the traditional blue and orange or agreeing that change was necessary with the team’s relocation 30 miles west of Uniondale.
Of course, fans migrating to Brooklyn will be feeling the impact of higher ticket prices for the inaugural year at the Barclays Center. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary market price for Islanders tickets during the 2015-16 season is currently $159.57, which marks a 33% jump from last season’s average of $120.02 in the final year at Nassau Coliseum. Many fans have expressed concern with the prevalent obstructed views around the arena as well, furthering uncertainty amongst those paying big prices just to get in to the game this year. Whatever your opinion is on the transition, the new jerseys are the latest effort to associate the Islanders with their new home in Kings County.
The Islanders will wear their new home alternate jersey during 12 home games at the Barclays Center this season. Those games are noted below:
Tuesday, Nov. 3 vs. New Jersey Devils
Friday, Nov. 20 vs. Montreal Canadiens
Friday, Dec. 4 vs. St. Louis Blues
Tuesday, Dec. 15 vs. Florida Panthers
Tuesday, Jan. 12 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Thursday, Jan. 14 vs. New York Rangers
Sunday, Jan. 17 vs. Vancouver Canucks
Saturday, Jan. 23 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tuesday, Feb. 2 vs. Minnesota Wild
Tuesday, Mar. 8 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tuesday, Mar. 29 vs. Carolina Hurricanes