Islanders Newsday 2/25/2000
- View SourceFRIDAY SPECIAL A Coliseum In Ruins Islanders' home has
become arena of despair
By Alan Hahn. STAFF WRITER
It was game night at Nassau Coliseum, one forgotten moment in a
forgotten season for the building's main tenant, the New York
Islanders. Still, two hours before game time, the Coliseum parking
lot was mostly barren. They don't expect sellouts these days at the
old arena, because things aren't what they used to be on the ice for
The same could be said about the building, too.
It is evidenced by the flags whipping in the wind. There are 10 poles,
bearing flags with logos of the Islanders, the Coliseum and SMG, the
arena's management company. Nine stand strong in the unyielding
mid-winter elements, but there is one-the one with the Islanders
flag-slumped at a 60-degree angle. The pole leans at the base,
loosened by time and neglect.
A group of Islanders staffers hustle through an employee entrance on
the north side of the building. They can't help but notice the
puddles of rainwater collecting along the base of the glass doors at
various locations along the Coliseum concourse. After years of
dealing with it, workers lay newspapers and towels along the wall and
doorways in an effort to control the mild flooding.