Wang said he was particularly impressed to see his team skate on the ice and the bright blue and orange club logo adorning center ice.
The Islanders will get only a brief look at their new digs. Thursday was the only scheduled practice day in Brooklyn, and the Islanders will host the New Jersey Devils in a preseason game Sept. 21.
Much work will be needed to be done before the Islanders are a permanent tenant. While the NBA's Brooklyn Nets have already resettled at Barclays, a dressing room will have to be built for their hockey brethren.
"It definitely feels really new," Tavares said. "We're going to have to take some time. It will be an adjustment once we do get here to make it feel comfortable."
Officials said about 10,000 tickets have been sold for the preseason game. The building will hold 15,813 for hockey — slightly fewer than the Nassau Coliseum. There are also 400 additional seats, not included in the total, that have obstructed views. But Barclays is a state-of-the-art facility with top amenities and sightlines that provide a unique feel.
"It will still almost feel like a neutral site because the Coliseum is still for all our home games for a couple of more years," Tavares said. "That is where everything is kind of situated right now. We don't have a locker room here or anything set up, but it will nice to play, for sure.
"We are really looking forward to the game."
New York's four Stanley Cup championship banners are already hanging in the arena, and will remain there through the preseason game. How soon the Islanders, who advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs last season but lost to Pittsburgh in the first round, might be able to add titles to the four straight they won from 1980-83 remains to be seen.
"The certainty of knowing where we're going to be is a positive going forward," general manager Garth Snow said. "It's going to be spectacular."
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