Nassau Coliseum: The End of an Era
After the 2014-15 NHL season the New York Islanders will be moving away from the Nassau Coliseum, the place that they have called home for the first 43 seasons of their existence. Nassau County, and Long Island as a whole, will be losing its final professional sports franchise as a tenant.
The news that the Islanders are leaving is not something that is a breaking story, especially after the team announced their 25 year agreement to play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, last October. But today it became all too real.
"The Old Barn" may be run down, obsolete, and basically decrepit, but the memories that were made throughout the years there, still make the building beautiful in the eyes of millions of Islander fans.(IslesPunkFan/Flickr)
Forest City Ratner Companies, will be the new developer of the Nassau Coliseum site according to the Nassau County Executive, Ed Mangano. Ironically Bruce Ratner, who heads Forest City, also developed the Barclays Center.
Many believe that Ratner's group overtook James Dolan's Madison Square Garden Co. bid, by promising to bring the Islanders back for a few home games a year. With Ratner's plan of shrinking the capacity from 17,686 of the current Coliseum down to about 13,000, it is difficult to see this plan continue throughout the future.
Sure, the new arena will be state of the art, it will be filled with all of the top of the line equipment, it will house great events like the circus, concerts, and car shows, but without consistent NHL hockey, revenue will decrease dramatically.
Blame can be spread throughout as to why The Islanders plans for the site did not work, but the past can no longer be dwelled on. The reality is that after the next two seasons the New York Islanders will no longer call the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum home, so it is time for the team to get to work and strive to deliver a couple of more parades down Long Island's Canyon of Hero's, Hempstead Turnpike.