Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Succeeding an air force base on the Hempstead Plains, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum debuted in 1972 as Long Island's foremost sports and entertainment mecca. Its first tenants were a mediocre basketball team and expansion hockey club. Both appeared unlikely to foster a winning attitude, yet soon emerged as champions. Julius "Dr. J." Erving dunked the New York Nets to two titles, and the Islanders launched a star-studded Stanley Cup dynasty. Over the decades, the coliseum has also hosted presidents, legendary musicians, the NHL All-Star Game, and WrestleMania 2. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum chronicles, for the first time ever, the history of a suburban arena that has often garnered the national spotlight.
ISBN: 9780738573571
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Nicholas Hirshon, an alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, covers the coliseum's legacy from its conception to the Islanders' glory days to modern visions for a renovated facility. He also documents visits by Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Billy Joel, as well as several sports ventures that time has largely forgotten. Lance W. Elder contributes a foreword based on nearly two decades of management experience at the venue.
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