Fight at Islanders game forces alcohol policy changes at Barclays Center
Following a scuffle in the stands during Tuesday’s game between the Islanders and Panthers in Brooklyn, the Barclays Center will cut off beer and alcohol sales after the second intermission, they said in a statement to the New York Daily News. The change will take place immediately.
In the past, the cutoff point for beer and alcohol sales had been the 12-minute mark of the third period.
Video surfaced during the week of a confrontation involving fans and security in the stands during a stoppage in play, which spilled out into the concourse. A man ended up on the ground as he was being restrained by security.
According to the Daily News, the Barclays Center’s new plan is as follows:
• Reinforce security and guest services training with staff.
• Further communicate Barclays Center alcohol policies to fans, which includes two drink per purchase limit.
• End beer and alcohol sales at the end of the second intermission.
• Convene season ticket holder focus groups within 30 days to discuss arena-fan relations.
• Remind all guests of Barclays Center’s zero tolerance for any type of racial or discriminatory language or behavior.
The Islanders’ next game in Brooklyn will come on Dec. 21 against the Ducks at 7 p.m. ET.
- Kenny Ducey