Islanders fans can now rejoice…the long awaited plans to replace the landfill known as Nassau Coliseum are finally here. Islanders fans can now return to wallowing in your misery…the plans comes only 10 years too late.
In a story that broke this past weekend, New York officials have chosen an affiliate of Forest City Enterprises, which recently opened the Barclays Center, to oversee a $229 million renovation of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Under the plan, the same group that built Barclays would downsize the mammoth arena to 13,000 seats, build a 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, 50,000 square feet of retail space and a veterans’ memorial on-site.
While The Nassau Coliseum is the only place the Islanders have ever called home, that will obviously change when the team moves to Brooklyn to play in the state-of-the-art Barclays Center. If its any consolation prize under the new plan, Islanders fans would get the chance to see their team actually face off on Long Island when they return to the Coliseum to play six home games each season.