This is Bruce Ratner’s Proposal for a Revamped and Modern Nassau Coliseum

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Kevin Schultz

Earlier today, the four groups who each submitted a proposal on how to revamp the Nassau Coliseum made their case in Mineola. One of the groups was headed by real estate developer and part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Bruce Ratner. His group is called Nassau Events Center LLC and is joined by Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets and the Barclays Center.

In the linked PDF, you can view Ratner’s entire 15-page outline for a new vision of the Coliseum. And boy, do I mean new vision.

Here are the main bullet points of the presentation:

  • ┬áPut an entirely new, modern looking facade (pictured above) on the Coliseum, with spaces inside “aesthetically consistent” with the new outside of the building.
  • Seating capacity of approximately 13,000, with the lower bowl able to be configured for 4,000 to 8,000 guests for more intimate, theater style events.
  • 15-month timeframe on construction with total cost of $89 million.
  • Other development including: 2,000 seat theater, movie theater, 2,500 seat outdoor amphitheater, 50,000 sq ft retail space.
  • Work with the Marriott to create a modern convention center.
  • Total cost of project approximately $229 million.
  • Estimated 50 concerts, 6 Islanders games, 1 Nets game, 38 minor league hockey games, and more for a total of 309 estimated events.
  • Yes, minor league hockey. They plan to make it home to a professional minor league team, which would imply either an AHL or ECHL team.
  • A monument dedicated to Nassau County’s veterans.

Yes folks, the Lighthouse Project didn’t work out but it looks like Bruce Ratner is taking his shot at a similar project.

Here’s another look at it:

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And in case you forgot, here’s the Coliseum now:




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