Barclays Center will have a horseshoe seating configuration

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On Oct. 2 the New York Islanders will play a preseason game at the Barclays Center, the new Brooklyn arena that could become the franchise’s home once its lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015.

Key word there: could. The NHL is still hoping a new arena can be built closer to its current rink. But if not, the Barclays Center is an option.

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A – Barclays Center
B – Nassau Coliseum

One of the major drawbacks to the Barclays Center is its NHL configuration, which includes just 14,500 seats. (The building was designed for the NBA’s Nets.)

Via Brooklyn Daily, here’s the seating chart for the preseason Islanders game (vs. New Jersey):

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So basically the whole left side will be empty.

At first glance, it doesn’t look great to me. But maybe that’ll be part of its charm? It’ll be the horseshoe rink. Sort of like Fenway is the park with the big green wall.

Whatever. I’m just trying to be positive. So sue me.

The good folks at Islanders Point Blank have known about this for longer than us, so click on over to see what they think.