Due to capacity limitations and the overwhelming level of interest, a limited number of wristbands will be issued to fans for admission into the Prospect Mini-Camp open practice at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset on July 12th. Wristbands will be issued starting at 9:00am and fans are encouraged to arrive early as admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans must have a wristband in order to gain access to the rink to watch the open practice.
Additional parking is available at the Syosset Long Island Railroad station just east of the practice facility.
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Welcome to The John Tavares Effect. It's likely too late to alter plans now, but it makes you wish the club had decided to open more than Sunday's practice to the public, since they're now worried that demand will exceed capacity. (No, "worry" isn't quite the right word there.)
Some teams make nearly their entire camp open to the public, and this one, coming immediately after drafting first overall, would have been a great opportunity for the Islanders to do so. But I bet the entire organization is just getting a handle on how big of an impact Tavares and positive Lighthouse Project news will have on attention to the team.
If you're lucky enough to go, remember: Once the novelty of seeing Tavares wears off, there are plenty of other prospects with much less certain futures to watch.