Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has been home to generations of Long Islanders, and will continue to be so after a dramatic renovation.
Opened in 1972, Long Island’s beloved home arena will roar back to life as the centerpiece of a reimagined sports & entertainment village that will be Long Island’s premier entertainment destination.
Following a $130 million renovation, the New Coliseum will again host worldwide music icons, family entertainment, college basketball, and much more as it has for over four decades. The new Coliseum will provide Long Island stars the opportunity to perform in front of their home crowd again.
The Coliseum held its first event on February 11, 1972 with an ABA game between the New York Nets and the Pittsburgh Condors. With an initial capacity of 15,000, the arena occupied 63 acres of Mitchel Field, a former Army/Air Force base, and was built at a cost of $32 million.
Led by the incomparable Julius “Dr. J” Erving, the Nets won two ABA Championships while playing at Nassau Coliseum through the end of the 1977 season before moving to New Jersey after merging into the NBA.
The upstart Islanders — an expansion franchise in 1972 — reached the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 1975 and grew into one of sports history’s great dynasties, winning four straight Cups from 1980 to 1983.
Through the years, the Coliseum has hosted major concert stars such as Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. Premier events such as the NCAA Tournament, WWE and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have also regularly come to Long Island.