Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Monday the $165 million face-lift to the Nassau Coliseum has given the New York Islanders a “path” for the team to return to their old home in Uniondale.But a spokesman for the team wouldn't say anything about returning to a downsized (if modernized) arena with far fewer suites than in Brooklyn, and the purported plan to build a new arena in Queens is, I believe, posturing. As I've said, I'd bet team owners renegotiate the deal with the Barclays Center.
Mangano, a Republican who delivered his eighth State of the County address from the renovated arena, said the Coliseum has “modern amenities” for fans and athletes and the opportunity to increase its 13,900-seat capacity.
“I believe Nassau County has positioned itself for serious consideration by the team,” he said. “When you factor in the support of Long Island fans, I believe we are an attractive option for the Islanders.”
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.