Nassau County Executive Details Progress on Re-Opening of Nassau Coliseum

Lou DiPietro
July 15, 2020 - 12:22 pm
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The New York Islanders will play the remainder of their 2020 slate in Canada, playing in the hub cities of Toronto and maybe Edmonton depending on how far they advance in the NHL’s 24-team tournament that will determine this year’s Stanley Cup winner.

That COVID-19 induced schedule alleviated a possible hurdle that arose when Nassau Coliseum, their scheduled home for the rest of 2020 and the 2020-21 season until their new Belmont Park arena was ready, was indefinitely shut down last month.

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However, it appears good news may be on the horizon in regards to the Isles playing one last season at the ol’ barn in Hempstead.

Mikhail Prokhorov, whose Onexim Sports & Entertainment Group operates Nassau Coliseum, shuttered the building last month as, according to a spokesperson, the group “engaged with Nassau County, other important stakeholders, and potential investors to find the right party or parties to take over operations of the Coliseum."

Bloomberg was the first to report following that announcement that Onexim told potential investors that the lease, which also includes development rights for the property, could be had in exchange for assuming roughly $100 million loans on the building itself.

It certainly appears from Laura Curran’s statement that those plans have materialized or are deep in the process of materializing, meaning that there will, to paraphrase Billy Joel, be an Island left for the Islanders like these next season. 

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