It took a few months, but the Islanders are starting draw well at Barclays Center.
Since December, the Islanders have averaged 14,144 paid fans per game, which is 89.5 percent of the building's 15,795 seat hockey capacity. In October, the team averaged 12,184 paid fans. In November, the number was only a touch higher at 12,603.
Over that same span, the building has been sold out twice (December 2 against the Rangers and December 27 against the Maple Leafs). The Islanders had just one sell out prior to December (Opening Night).
I'm sure this is very encouraging for Brooklyn management. December was a nice month for them, and they got off to a running start in January with over 14,000 on Sunday against Dallas. With some big rivalry contests on the horizon (Jan 7 against the Capitals, and Jan 14 against the Rangers) and two weekend games (Sunday, Jan 17 against Vancouver and a rare Saturday night on the 23 against the Flyers), they could be poised for a big month.
The move has obviously required somewhat of a feeling out period. But now that the Isles are positioned well in the standings with the stage all to themselves, it might allow them to make some serious inroads in getting people through the turnstiles. If the Isles can have a good showing, maybe January is the month that Brooklyn starts to really feel like home.