Islanders announce dates for 1st home games fans can attend
The Barn will get the chance to rock a few more times.
The New York Islanders say fans will return to the Nassau Coliseum next month, with limited capacity and COVID-19 regulations in place.
The first open game of the season will be March 11, with 1,000 Northwell Health front-line staff members in attendance.
Then a week later on March 18, the Coliseum will open to season ticket holders. Capacity will be limited to 10% -- about 1,400 fans -- and safety protocols will be in place.
The Islanders say all home game tickets this season will be offered with priority to season ticket holders. The Isles say they are still working on the plan for general admission tickets.
The announcement comes a day after the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden reopened for their first Nets and Knicks home games of the season.
The Isles are in fourth place in the East Division. It is the team's last season at the Coliseum before moving to Belmont Park.
The last time Islanders fans were in the Coliseum was March 7, 2020.
Diehard Isles fan William Chiarucci can't wait. He's a member of the Blue and Orange Army.
“We didn’t think there’d be fans over here, and to have this back, it’s a huge blessing to be back at the Barn for sure rocking it one more time,” he says.
Patrick Dowd, a 49-year season ticket member, will be among the fans back in the stands.
"The passion, the tremendous love for the team, the identity of Long Island is beyond words," says Dowd. "It's exciting. I can't wait to get there. It's going to be fantastic."