Ratner Reveals New Details on Revamped Coliseum Property

Bruce Ratner said that a revamped coliseum, movie theater, bowling alley and more attractions are headed to Nassau.

Assuming construction begins the summer of 2015, plans call for the new epicenter to open in September of 2017. Credit: Michael Ganci.
Assuming construction begins the summer of 2015, plans call for the new epicenter to open in September of 2017. Credit: Michael Ganci.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano joined Bruce Ratner, the Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, Friday to announce details regarding the new epicenter that will sit on the Nassau Coliseum property.

Nassau Events Center will invest a minimum of $229 million in renovating a 100 percent privately financed Coliseum.

The plan is to surround the coliseum with six or seven restaurants, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a Fillmore Club and a Veteran’s memorial.

In terms of what residents will find at the coliseum, Ratner said that there will be six New York Islanders games per season (four regular season and two pre-season). Ratner said that there’s “a large possibility that they remain in Nassau through 2015.”

Ratner also plans to make the Coliseum the new home to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, and added that all he needs to do is come to an agreement with Charles Wang.

The Brooklyn Nets will also hold open practices, and there will be a variety of concerts as well.

“We will bring over 300 events,” Ratner said. “200 have already been committed. Whether it’s the Islanders, boxing, college basketball, rock concerts, whatever your taste, we will have it for you.”

“What I could tell all of you of what I know about this organization, you’ve got some excitement in your future,” University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari said. “We opened up the college basketball at Barclay’s, and all I can tell you is that it was more than a game...it was an experience.”

Ratner also said the plan is to make the Coliseum look “a bit more theatrical,” particularly on the concourse. Assuming construction begins in mid to late June of 2015, the plan is to have the facility ready for September of 2017.

For more on the plans for the revamped Coliseum, check out the video above.

Rich August 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Now we just have to hope the legislature goes along and does not try to play politics with election coming up.
John Rennhack August 16, 2013 at 06:19 PM
2nd rate venue from a 2nd Rate County Executive. Another failure for real long-term thinking. Every major venue around had 19-20K seats. This has 13k seats. Less seats, less jobs, less shows, less revenue. Fail.
Rich August 16, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Great plan and hopefully Mangano gets re-elected because God help us if the democrats regain control. They will ruin everything just as the democrats are doing across the country. Unfortunately, there is a good chance the democrats in our legislature will hold this up because they don't care about what's good for the county for this area.
John Rennhack August 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I'm sorry... but .. what???? The republicans with Mangano wrecked Nassau County.. it was the Democrats that saved the County. Now the republicans are wrecking it again.
S Lowenstein-Stein August 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM
John, what the hell are YOU talking about? What did Suozzi save?????? Youre hitting yourselve!
John Rennhack August 17, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Oh, I'm sorry... wasn't Nassau almost bankrupt? Named "worst run county"? Who was CE and in charge of Legislature then?
Rich August 17, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Suozzi and democrats destroyed this county. Mangano has made things better. You democrats are amazing but as Ronald Reagan said; "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."
Vincent August 17, 2013 at 08:15 AM
John Rennhack is baaaaack! And he hasn't changed. Spewing the same old tired party line.
Brent M. August 17, 2013 at 08:57 AM
I am shocked Kate Murray isn't jumping on the band wagon saying how she helped get this approved!! No matter who is in office Democrat or Republican.. have our taxes gone down in the last 10yrs and gotten more for our taxes??? In a county where the Gold Coast has more Billionaires like Palm Beach.. and yet the county still claims poverty.. please
S.M. August 17, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Any which way you cut it, we're all suckers for still living here. If it wasn't for family, many of us would surely have left already. That Oak Beach Inn guy was right..."Get out of NY before its too late."
John Rennhack August 17, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Facts are facts Vincent.
John Rennhack August 17, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Rich, Gulotta and Mangano almost bankrupted Nassau. And Mangano is trying to finish the job. Independent credit agencies back up what I say.
Lorraine DeVita August 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Regardless of WHO is in charge the bottom line is they are first and foremost POLITICIANS. They all have their heads up their you know what's. .. Lets just hope this developer can do for the Nass. Coliseum what he did at the Barclays center and Brooklyn.. ..whether it is 500 jobs or 1000 jobs it is infinitely MORE jobs then we currently have...
Vincent August 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM
So true Linda. But you can count on good old John Rennhack to keep spouting the company line.
Rich August 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM
No John, Mangano is cleaning up the mess. I'm not saying he is the best but if the democrats get back in office we are screwed. They will finish off this county like their destroying the country. God liberals have their head op their a--.
Curt August 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Should have just approved the lighthouse project a decade ago...Thanks Kate.
Kevin August 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM
The sad part about this is, none of them care about the people. I can't put the Nassau Republicans in the same breath as Ronald Reagan. It's a club and if you are in it you get contracts and tax money sent your way. We all know it but keep doing the same thing over and over. We have to do what all of you are doing and question everything and keep on top of the decisions. The most blatant example is how two Politically connected Strip Club owners can get licenses to operate within feet of our children. All because of their connections and backed by my party. Everyone stop doing for the (either) party. Do what is right and we can get Nassau back.
paula lavigne August 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM
More of the same. This will fail miserably.
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LS August 18, 2013 at 03:25 AM
A bowling alley? Is he kidding? Bowling alleys are closing all over the place. Ratner plans a bowling alley, some restaurants (there are already a bunch over there), a different team brought from Bridgeport, and a coliseum with not enough seats. This is a tired, uninteresting idea that will not bring any additional interest to the Coliseum.
Benny Gamal August 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Rich August 19, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Wang was only going to pay for it if it was approved. But too many stupid people voted against it and we lost the islanders.


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