Monday, September 23, 2013
Report: Coliseum renovation plans pass
By Katie Strang
Nassau County legislators voted unanimously Monday to approve Bruce Ratner's plan to renovate the Nassau Coliseum, according to Newsday.
Ratner's $229 million plan to renovate the antiquated Coliseum and the surrounding area passed with an overwhelming 19-0 vote that prompted whistles and cheers from the audience.
Islanders owner Charles Wang tried and failed multiple times to advance plans to upgrade the decrepit, outdated building while keeping the team on Long Island. The team has since agreed on a 25-year lease with Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where it will begin playing in 2015.
"It ends a decade of Long Island 'no's' and now we stand here with a resounding Long Island 'yes,'" Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said, according to Newsday.
Mangano chose Ratner, who developed Barclays Center, over three other bidders, including Madison Square Garden, back in May.
Ratner also is trying to obtain the NHL's approval to have the Islanders play six regular-season games back at the Coliseum, although a league bylaw would require the Rangers to sign off on this idea.
A Rangers spokesperson declined to comment when asked whether they plan to grant approval.