The New York Islanders drew another modest-sized crowd Monday at Barclays Center, where just 11,841 showed up to watch the Isles beat the Coyotes, 5-2.
After 11 games in their new Brooklyn home, the Isles rank 29th in NHL attendance, with an average crowd of 12,156. Only Carolina ranks lower (11,227), and the Hurricanes don’t have a winning record like the Isles do.
Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, spoke to Newsday about the attendance situation.
“The area we continue to work at is ticket sales,” he said.
“Am I pleased with playing at 77 percent capacity and at 12.1 [thousand]? I’m fine with that. I’m never satisfied. My personality is I’m relatively a happy person, but never satisfied. I want more, and we’re going to be aggressive in getting more.”
Yormark is optimistic that attendance will improve as the season progresses and more marquee teams pay visits.
The Isles’ next home game is Friday versus Montreal.
Their first home game versus the Rangers is Dec. 2.