Islanders set for Brooklyn
The NHL's New York Islanders are to leave their Long Island home after 40 years and play in Brooklyn from 2015.
The team have signed a 25-year deal to move into the Barclays Center, having failed to find a solution in their desire to upgrade or replace their old home, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.
Today's announcement came as the NHL remains in a lockout with little progress made in talks and tomorrow the deadline for an agreement to be reached without the loss of regular-season games.
Speaking in the Guardian, Islanders owner Charles B Wang said: "It was our goal to keep the Islanders in the local New York area.
"I am looking forward to a long and successful future in Brooklyn."
The deal represents a major coup for the Barclays Centre, which only opened in September.
The NBA's New Jersey Nets moved into the building when it opened, becoming the Brooklyn Nets.
The arena has an 18,000 capacity for basketball but would only seat around 14,500 for ice hockey, less than the current smallest capacity in the NHL - Winnipeg's MTS Centre which takes 15,000.