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NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders rode the train from Long Island to Brooklyn -- a t
NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders rode the train from Long Island to Brooklyn -- a trek they hope many of their fans will take once the club moves there in two years. Training camp opened for the Islanders on Thursday at Barclays Center, which will become the teams new home for the 2015-16 NHL season. The Nassau Coliseum will be a distant memory for the Islanders as they leave the aging building for the first time since they entered the league in 1972. "One word for it: beautiful," team owner Charles Wang said. "When you look at what is going on here, its unbelievable. I am very happy as you can see from the smile." He stopped short of comparing this day to other big ones in his life. "Im ecstatic today. Is it happier than the day I got married?" Wang asked, before an answer was drowned out by laughter. "You enjoy that moment. I have a big smile on my face." One by one, the players left the Long Island Railroad train that carried them from Garden City, N.Y., to Brooklyn on Thursday morning. They were decked out in their jerseys and received a warm welcome as they approached the sparkling new arena. Reporters, television crews and photographers were there to greet them on a near 90-degree day that was more suitable for baseball than hockey. "It was good to get camp open," newly named captain John Tavares said. "Its been a little different with the train ride and getting here and getting on the ice real quick." The ice wasnt quite up to pro standards yet, but Tavares said that will improve in time. "It would be really tough to play a game on something like that," he said. "I would say it still needs a few more layers and it needs time to really get set." Wang beamed as he spoke of his excitement regarding the clubs move to Brooklyn. He tried long and hard to get a new arena built on Long Island as part of his expansive Lighthouse Project, but that never came to fruition. While the scheduled arrival date is 2015, it isnt completely out of the question that the Islanders could move up their transfer if adjustments can be made to their lease and if necessary work at the arena can be completed earlier. "Our plan is to live to the commitment of the lease," Wang said. "Weve always wanted to get here as soon as possible, but we are living to our lease. Well honour that lease." Wang said he was particularly impressed to see his team skate on the ice and the bright blue and orange club logo adorning centre 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 NBAs 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. "Were 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 dont 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 Yorks 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 were going to be is a positive going forward," general manager Garth Snow said. "Its going to be spectacular." Andy Isabella Youth Jersey . They all do actually — Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 22, 2014There is no confirmation that the date is actually happening, but that didnt stop Embiid from getting dressed up. Fresh cut..... Getting ready for dinner — Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 23, 2014 Almost 930.. Andy Isabella Womens Jersey .J. -- Rampage Jackson scowled, howled, then bellowed to the crowd: "Im back! Im back!" 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The result kept City three points behind Bayern Munich ahead of their meeting in Germany in two weeks.Liverpools rapid downfall since losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer continued Sunday with a fourth consecutive loss, as Crystal Palace added to Brendan Rodgers woes with a 3-1 victory.The pressure, though, eased up a bit on coach Mauricio Pochettino after his Tottenham team came from behind to beat 10-man Hull 2-1 in the Premier League.A look at the action from Europes leading leagues on Sunday:___ENGLANDRunners-up last season, Liverpool is now 12th after 12 matches — closer to the relegation zone than the top four. Although Rickie Lambert finally scored his first goal for Liverpool, Dwight Gayle tied it from close range before Joe Ledley netted and Mile Jedinak scored directly from a free kick to secure Palaces first win since September.Tottenham had lost three of its last four league games before travelling to Hull. 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