Nassau Coliseum has not been updated in a very long. Four companies have put in bids to revitalize the venue. Bruce Ratner, the executive chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), presented his company’s plan for Nassau Coliseum to PIX11’s anchor and business correspondent Craig Treadway. Under the project name Nassau Events Center, LLC (NEC), this group’s proposal offers a vibrant new design for the Coliseum, which is the focus of the first phase of development. SHoP Architects, designer of the internationally acclaimed Barclays Center, has created a stunning new façade. The renowned global design firm Gensler would recast the front- and back-of-house interiors into modern spaces aesthetically consistent with the marquee exterior.
The Coliseum is being re-imagined as a more intimate building with a seating capacity of 13,000, which is more supportable by the building’s restroom, concourse, and concessions infrastructure. Within the arena bowl, a theater configuration would be created that would suit smaller events, seating 4,000 to 8,000 guests.
In addition to the arena bowl, NEC envisions broader entertainment offerings including an approximately 2,000-seat theater (similar to Live Nation’s Fillmore Theater concept), a movie theater, and an approximately 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater for concerts, films, and other summertime entertainment options like digital opera. The amphitheater would be surrounded by approximately 50,000 square feet of retail space, enriching the experience of the Coliseum as an entertainment destination.
The Madison Square Garden Company and The Cordish Companies
This group’s vision for the Nassau Coliseum site includes: a thrilling sports and entertainment destination that will deliver something for everyone, 365 days a year, enticing people to come to and stay on Long Island.
The complex will feature a re-imagined world-class arena, exciting restaurants, clubs, sports bars and leisure activities that will deliver vital short and long term job growth and substantial new revenue to Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead.
Madison Square Garden, The Cordish Companies and our partners bring credibility, real expertise, a solid financial commitment, a true vision for the site and economic impact to this enormously important project! There is no dispute that MSG‘s vision for a successful re-imagining of the Nassau Coliseum site will have a transformative effect on Nassau County and Long Island.
A revitalized Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Building a better future for Long Island.
New York Sports & Entertainment
Local developer, Bernard Shereck of Bayville and his company New York Sports & Entertainment along with partner Global Spectrum, also has plans for Nassau Coliseum. The group’s plan is to bring two pro sports leagues and family entertainment to the venue. In addition Shereck has secured letters of intent from both the ECHL hockey league and the National Lacrosse League. The building will be reduced in size from it current capacity of 16,000+ to 8,000 seats for hockey, 9,000 for basketball, 10,000 (+/-) for concerts and there will have the ability to cut down the size of the house to between 3,000 and 5,00 seats for smaller concerts and certain theatrical events designed to play in arenas. All of the seats will be replaced with new wider and more comfortable seats. In addition, the upper level, (300 section) will also have a number of 2-person lounge seats and a new concourse will be constructed at the top of the 300 section. The group plans to secure a local restaurateur to build a Zagat-rated dining room in the upper levels of the west-side of the arena to maximize exceptional sunsets.
The main concourse will be upgraded with the current food concession stands relocated and built into the outer perimeter wall of the Coliseum. The current food stand locations will be redesigned into new luxury suites providing the suites closer proximity to the event floor. The old suites above the 300 section will either be removed or re-purposed.
The existing exhibition hall will be upgraded and combine with the 40,000 square foot arena floor to create the largest convention center east of the Javitts Center in New York City. This facility will be a perfect complement to what the Master Developer has proposed for the rest of ‘The Hub’ in the way of economic and technological development through high-tech research and development facilities. The space will be wired with the highest levels of innovation, with the capability of hosting training events, trade shows and conferences that feature the highest-end collaboration and technology.
The exterior walls of the Coliseum will reflect the original architect’s design and include columns similar to those of the Colosseum in Rome. The exterior upper perimeter will have LED signs indicating current and future events as well as possible revenue generating advertisements. Solar roof panels will be installed to reduce the utility costs and co-generators will also be installed to generate our own electrical power.
Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd. (please check back for this company’s proposal)