About the legendary Coliseum
The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum first opened on February 11, 1972 with an ABA game between the New York Nets and the Pittsburgh Condors. With an initial capacity of 15,000, the arena occupied 63 acres of Mitchel Field, a former Army/Air Force base, and was built at a cost of $32 million. The arena was home to the Nets and Islanders and several other professional sports teams, in addition to hosting major artists and events such Elvis Presley, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, the NCAA Tournament and WWE before closing for renovations following a Billy Joel concert on August 4, 2015.
Following an 18-month, $180 million renovation, the Coliseum re-opened on April 5, 2017 with another concert by Billy Joel, ushering in a new era for world-class sports and entertainment on Long Island. Guest enhancements include refreshed concourses, a redesigned main entrance, all new seating, improved bowl circulation, and revamped bathrooms and concessions. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration.