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Ratner group wins bid to renovate Nassau Coliseum

Aug 15, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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In an interesting twist, the company that helped lure the New York Islanders to Brooklyn has won the bid to renovate the soon-to-be-former home arena of the team — the same arena that was too out of date for the team to stay there anymore.

From NBC New York:

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.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano made the announcement Thursday.

Nassau Events Center, LLC was picked over the Madison Square Garden Co.

The selection of developer Bruce Ratner’s group is expected to accelerate the long-stalled process to renovate the aging arena.

There’s also this, from

Ratner has promised to host 300 events per year in Uniondale, N.Y. Under his plan, the Islanders would return to the Coliseum to play six home games each season. He will also look to attract an American Hockey League franchise as a tenant, and fill other dates with concerts and family shows. 

“We’re planning to redo the whole thing. It needs a redo. It’s 41 years old. Doesn’t look good, not good when you’re in it. You really need to pick a team that’s going to completely redo it,” Ratner told WLNY-TV in May.

“It’s got to look beautiful, iconic. Because there are 3 million people that live on the Island, and they’ve gotta have a place – whether it’s entertainment, whether its sports – they’ve gotta have a great place. And we’ve put together an incredible team.”

Ratner’s plan reportedly calls for a 13,000-seat Coliseum, down from its current capacity of 16,170 for hockey.

It’s not clear if this decision will accelerate the Islanders’ plan to move to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season.

The next step in the process is to get approval from the Nassau County Legislature. And, apparently, MSG isn’t willing to give up quite yet.

Related: Bettman: Get the Isles to Brooklyn ASAP

  1. bcisleman - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    This makes me feel better about things. Isles hockey in the NVMC isn’t dead. If the pols had moved quicker and worked with Mr. Wang, the Isles might never have moved.

  2. quizguy66 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Good news for Hartford Hockey fans it would appear as the rumors were that if MSG won the bid they’d move the Wolfpack down to Uniondale.


  3. multiplemiggs - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    in what way shape or form is this good news for hartford? MSG lost the bid too bad for them, they need to worry about finding a home for the knicks and rags first. Dolans a fat drunken slob who owns everything on long island already and just feels entitled. screw him. and btw, Hartford is a terrible city, a economic failing s-hole full of run-down neighborhoods like detroit. Just because they had cool jerseys doesnt mean theyre ever going to be a team again. Put those dreams to bed.

    • badintent - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      you got to mention his boyfriend, Isiah Thomas.Mr. stupidest NBA GM ever . and $10 million dollar sexual harassment settlement dude.Hartford makes Brooklyn look like Beverly Hills. There are some homes in Gowans and Brooklyn Heights that go for over $10 million.Just saying

  4. Don Becker - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    It’s good news for Hartford because it keeps the AHL team they’ve had there since 1997 from leaving.

  5. kaptaanamerica - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    At least the isles will play some games there.

  6. dan46778 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Maybe the islanders ahl team will move down there

  7. President Charles Logan - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I just read that hartford doesnt draw flies for their home games , how do they even stay afloat?

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