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Nassau Coliseum being investigated for asbestos

Mar 24, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

Sometimes playing at home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Case in point, the New York Islanders’ home rink at Nassau Coliseum is under fire for issues aside from being the oldest arena in the league.

As Lighthouse Hockey shares with us, it’s also being investigated for asbestos contamination thanks to a lawsuit from Nassau County workers. NBC New York explains what is going on.

As for the Islanders’ angle on this whole mess, aside from trying to get a new arena built or the talk of owner Charles Wang starting to look around at other solutions for the team, they want to see a full investigation completed.

“The Islanders expect that the building owner, Nassau county and the building facility manager, SMG will review the allegations and take any and all appropriate action.  The safety of our fans, players and employees is paramount,” said the Islanders senior vice-president, Michael Picker.

The Islanders aren’t being sued at least as they’re just a tenant at the arena. Suffice to say, an asbestos health hazard, should there be one, would help Charles Wang find a way to get out of there before the team’s lease with the arena ends in 2015. Hey, maybe that preseason game in Brooklyn will be more than a test run for the team.

NBC New York has a video detailing the full story.

  1. t16rich - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    So it’s possible that the fans never stopped attending games, maybe they’re just dead

    • thdrkpoet - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      You’re close, T16rich…Islander fans are like the Walking Dead…we are still here but we’re all dead inside….

  2. itspartofthegame - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Veterans. Asbestos. Yeah – that’s about right.

    But I digress… I wonder if Wang’s people provided the coliseum employees with a little motivation to file the complaint. Looks like the Islanders can start packing for the relocation.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Just announce that they’ll be moving to Brooklyn, already!

  4. chiadam - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Maybe they were planning an Asbestos Give-away Night?

    • itspartofthegame - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Own a piece of history as they tear it down! $20 and you can get a bag of Official Islandersbestos!

      • thdrkpoet - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I need to get an Islandersbestos jersey…and have the name Mesothelioma on the back.

  5. newyorkislanderfancentral - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Of course lazy Joe Yerdon omits the 1968 Cablevision Garden had to cancel a game last season because of falling debris and asbestos concerns and the Coliseum hosted an event Saturday.

    Why also not include the Isles letter to his season ticket holders planning renovations to Nassau Counties building this summer and new seating in 100 section.

    But why do that when Joe Yerdon’s site is too cheap to spend money on coverage or provide any research at all.

    • taytay099 - Mar 25, 2012 at 2:58 AM

      Uptight much?

      • TestSubjekt - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        Wouldn’t you be if you were an Islander fan that’s been attending games in an asbestos lined hockey arena?

      • newyorkislanderfancentral - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        No. How about you?

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