NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, December 28, 2015, 4:04 AM
Rinkside seats for New York Islanders games at Barclays Center come with exceptionally good sightlines — and they had better, at $ 300 and up.
He sits, he scores!
As journalistic assignments go, it’s hard to top getting an offer to take in the view of a New York Islanders game from Barclays Center’s swanky new West End Club, with all the perks that come with the most exclusive seats in the venue.
With all due respect to the history behind the Nassau Coliseum, where the Isles won four Stanley Cups and played between 1972 and the end of last season, the team’s inaugural season at Brooklyn’s state-of-the-art arena brings all the modern amenities that an NHL team needs to succeed.
Just as importantly, John Tavares and the rest of the squad’s move to this part of Long Island brings a closer proximity to their now-crosstown rivals, the New York Rangers. There will be plenty of shot pucks and dropped gloves to come.
The Islanders’ move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn brings plenty of modern amenities for the team, in addition to premium options for fans.
And these seats sure brought me in closer proximity to the ice — front row with only the glass and a few feet separating me from goalie Jaroslav Halak.
The 82-seat section is where the arena hosted 10 members of the New York Mets, including Matt Harvey and David Wright, a few weeks earlier.
The sightlines are better than most rinkside seats at other arenas because they are raised 3 feet off the dasher boards, affording a clear view of the entire ice. You could see the beads of sweat on Tavares and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf as they stumbled through a pair of superstars’ approximation of a hockey fight.
Spectators in the premium seats directly behind the goal watch the Islanders take on the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 21.
Think I’m exaggerating about the view? Take a look at these photos!
It’s a luxury item, for sure, with seats going for $ 300 and up per game as part of season ticket packages. All West End Club season tickets also come with unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages at concession stands.
Before settling into my seats, I tucked into some food at the Calvin Klein Courtside Club, since access comes included with the tickets. The club boasts a lavish menu with stations filled with everything from Nathan’s hot dogs to prime rib to sushi.
And as a thorough and responsible reporter, I sampled all of the above.
Barclays offers a luxury option to fans who want an excellent view of the game and a wide variety of food at the Calvin Klein Courtside Club.
Burgers and steak keep fans well-fed at the Calvin Klein Courtside Club, a fringe benefit of rinkside seating.
After the meal, my friend and I waddled back to the West End Club. We learned the hard way not to put a (mostly empty) beer cup on the railing when 220-pound winger Nikolay Kulemin checked an Anaheim Duck into the boards right in front of us.
Perched that close to the glass, the effect of a hit rattles the teeth, though fortunately for the players, not the fans.
Between periods, we ventured into the Billboard Lounge, a nightclub where a live DJ often performs and where Islanders season ticket holders who buy memberships can attend concerts after games. Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel, performed at the club on its opening night.
The Islanders ultimately won the game 5-2, which coincidently was the ratio of brownies to strawberry jam-topped cupcakes from the Calvin Klein Club that I ate between the second and third periods.
Good food and great view? That was just the ticket.
Fans who are willing to splash out have plenty of luxurious food options.
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