Uniondale (WALK) - After years of debate and false starts, the future of the Nassau Coliseum is finally about to be decided.
An announcement is expected today from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano about which of two finalists have been chosen to re-develop the Nassau Hub area, which includes the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and about 77 surrounding acres. A review committee reportedly made its recommendation to the county executive last night.
The two finalists are both companies that already run big arenas in this area. MSG company, owned by Cablevision, operations Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, the home of the Knicks and Rangers. Ratner operates the wildly popular Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which opened last year and is the home of the Nets.
The Islanders have already announced plans to leave the Coliseum and move to Barclays Center in 2015. The Ratner plan, however, would have the Islanders play 6 home games at the renovated Nassau Coliseum each season.
MSG's $250 million plan calls for a renovated arena with 14,500 seats, an outdoor entertainment complex, restaurants, bowling, billiards and an Islanders-themed sports bar.
In addition to those Islanders home games, Ratner's $229 million proposal includes a renovated 13,000-seat arena, an outdoor theater that seats 2,000, an outdoor amphitheater, restaurants, an ice rink, retail space and a movie theater.
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