Nassau Coliseum development bidders interested in returning a National Lacrosse League team to the building
It looks like the National Lacrosse League may be returning to New York. IL Indoor has learned that three of the four groups bidding to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum have talked to the league about putting an NLL team in the building. Newsday reported last Thursday that Nassau County received bids from four developers with the intent to “transform the 40-year-old Nassau Coliseum into an arena capable of attracting top concert acts and sporting events while generating millions of dollars in new revenue for Nassau County.”
There hasn’t been an NLL team in the Nassau Coliseum on a full-time basis since the New York Saints were there from 1989-2003. The New York Titans did play half of their home games in the arena in their inaugural season of 2007.
According to Newsday, the bidders are Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, the Madison Square Garden Company, Edward Blumenfeld and New York Sports LLC. The New York Islanders will leave the Coliseum for the Barclays Center when their lease ends in 2015, and the four developers are bidding to transform the fading arena and give it new life with new tenants.
IL Indoor’s source has said that three of the four developers are interested in having a National Lacrosse League team as one of those new tenants. Bernard Sherek’s New York Sports LLC was the only bidder who was identified in the Newsday story as being in talks with the NLL to locate a team in the Coliseum. His bid involves a $60-90 million refurbishment of the building’s interior while not changing the exterior.
Ratner’s $229-million proposal would turn the site into a sports-and-entertainment complex to which an American Hockey League team would relocate, although the team wasn’t named. Blumenfeld’s plan would tear down the Coliseum and replace it with a 9,000-12,000 seat arena. His plan, slated to cost about $180 million, also involved an AHL team as a primary tenant.
Newsday’s story says the fourth bid, from the MSG Company, would spend $250 million to completely refurbish the 14,500-seat arena and add a mixed-use entertainment complex adjacent to it. MSG said at least one of its sports franchises—either the WNBA’s New York Liberty, AHL’s Connecticut Whale or the New York Knick’s D-league affiliate—would relocate to the arena.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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