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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.

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