Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Nassau Coliseum reopening date is now March 2017; Islanders games there not a "done deal"

From Newsday's Robert Brodsky yesterday, Nassau Coliseum reopening expected in March 2017:
Developers who are renovating the Nassau Coliseum have removed the arena’s old seats, gutted the entranceway and removed extensive amounts of asbestos, but say it will take until March 2017 to reopen the arena, three months later than originally planned.
Also note:
[Nassau County Executive Ed] Mangano said Wednesday that the six Islanders games would “provide an outlet for our Long Island fans to view their favorite team right here. . . . And who knows what the future holds?”
But NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the games are not a done deal.
Indeed, as I've reported, the team renovating the Coliseum has consistently overhyped the certainty of the Islanders' return, which won't be decided until the arena reopens.

Also see this Randi Marshall column, Inside the ruins of Nassau Coliseum:
The ghost of the New York Islanders hung over Nassau Coliseum Tuesday, as representatives from Nassau County and Nassau Events Center, the firm renovating the arena, took reporters on a tour of the work they've done so far.
Also see Newsday video here, Inside Nassau Coliseum's renovations.

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