UPDATE: The announcement has been postponed out of respect for the Nassau County Police Officer that was shot early this morning. Announcement will be made tomorrow regarding who has won developing rights for the Nassau Coliseum.
Original: The decision will finally come down from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on who will redevelop the dilapidated Nassau Coliseum.
A press conference is scheduled for 11:30, where Mangano will announce whether it will be Forest City Ratner, which has ties to the Islanders, or MSG, which everyone knows has ties to the New York Rangers. The Ratner plan would see the Coliseum converted into a 13,000 seat arena, which could be converted to hold as little as 4,000 people, for concerts and sports. They plan to bring an unknown minor league hockey team, and the Islanders would play six home games a year there. MSG’s plan would see Nassau Coliseum change to 14,500 seat venue, that could hold as small a crowd as 1,700 spectators, for concerts and sports as well. MSG has said they will bring one of their three minor league franchises to Nassau should they win the bid.
Both would be a good thing for Nassau County and the Long Island economy.
Obviously it does not have the same magnitude or economic impact that it would have if the Islanders were to stay, but redevelopment of the area is something that is desperately needed. But what is a sticking point for Islander fans is the idea of the parent company of a rival team owning the building that once was home to the Isles.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek Islander fan and blogger Gary Harding put it simply, “it would be tough to see the enemy take over our building.”