NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum opened on April 5, 2017, with a concert by Billy Joel after an 18-month, $180 million renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration.
The venue’s unique skin evokes Long Island’s iconic imagery, such as beach dunes, dune fencing, decks, and boardwalks. The facade is made up of aluminum fins that pay homage to Long Island’s history as the cradle of the aviation industry. Guest enhancements include a new exterior glass storefront to infuse natural light into the refreshed concourse, a redesigned main entrance, all new seating, improved bowl circulation, and revamped bathrooms and concessions. Fans have access to free high speed Wi-Fi, upgraded phone service for all major cellular carriers, and an enlarged high definition LED scoreboard. Sustainability fixtures include waterless urinals, LED lights, and all new windows and doors to provide improved thermal performance throughout the building. With 77 acres of property to work with, NYCB LIVE is prepared for large-scale festivals that expand beyond the building’s walls.
In addition to being the home of the Long Island Nets, the New York Islanders will play 20 regular season games during the 2019-20 season. NYCB LIVE also hosts college basketball, championship boxing, family entertainment and major concert events.
The Coliseum first opened 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. The arena was home to the Nets and New York Islanders and several other professional sports teams, in addition to hosting major artists and events such Elvis Presley, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, the NCAA Tournament and WWE before closing for renovations following a concert by Billy Joel on August 4, 2015.
For more information, visit www.nycblive.com.