Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
is a multi-purpose arena in Uniondale, New York and is home of the New York Islanders. Opened in 1972, the Coliseum occupies 63 acres of Mitchel Field, site of a former Army and Air Force base. The Coliseum is also used for concerts, large exhibitions and shows of various kinds, as well as trade shows — 44,000 square feet at the main arena, 60,000 at the Expo Center.
The Coliseum originally had a capacity of 13,000 to 15,000 depending on the event, but in the early 1980s the maximum capacity was increased to around 18,000. It currently seats 16,250 for hockey, up to 18,100 for concerts and 17,686 for boxing and professional wrestling.
As of 2011, the Coliseum is the second-oldest arena in active use by an NHL team (after nearby and newly renovated Madison Square Garden), and was the smallest capacity of all arenas in the NHL until the Atlanta Thrashers became the Winnipeg Jets and now play in the MTS Centre that seats 15,015.
The arena has been considered obsolete for many years, and various Islanders owners have been trying to replace the arena for many years; however, in Oct 2012, the Islanders announced that they are moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season after signing a 25 year lease with the arena. At this time there are no concrete plans to replace the aging coliseum, and it’s future is very much in doubt.
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Nassau Coliseum General Venue Information
From Northern Long Island:
Take the Long Island Expressway to the Northern State Parkway to the Meadowbrook Parkway South, then take the Parkway to Exit M4 (Coliseum exit).
From Southern Long Island:
Take the Southern State Parkway to the Meadowbrook Parkway North to Exit M4 (Coliseum exit).
Both buses and trains service the area. Westbury and Hempstead Long Island Rail Road Stations are the closest. You will need to take a taxi cab to the venue and back from any train station.
Box Office Numbers
Box Office Hours
Mon – Fri 9:30am – 4:45pm and during events until intermission
The box office will be open on the weekend only on days when events are scheduled.
Types of Payment Accepted
Cash, AmEx, Visa, MasterCard
Pick-up tickets one hour prior to show. Customers must present the actual credit card used to place the order and two forms of ID, including a photo ID.
Customers seeking tickets for accessible seating to New York Islanders games should call (516) 501-6700 ext. 2. All other customers with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments that need accommodation are directed to contact our Accessible Seating Administrator at 516-794-9300 x 179; or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Accessible Seating Administrator will advise the customer regarding available accessible seating and relevant pricing for all events. To sit in a wheelchair during an event, tickets must be purchased for one of our “H” sections. Other sections cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Up to (2) two companion seats may be purchased to accompany each guest in a wheelchair accessible seat. Tickets for our “H” sections are sold on a first come, first served basis to customers who specifically request accommodation for a wheelchair. When all available wheelchair accessible seating is sold out, we will be unable to accommodate further guests seeking wheelchair accessible seating. Any guest needing assistance upon arrival should proceed to the Guest Services Desk, next to the box office in the main lobby and ask for an Event Representative, who can provide assistance. The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all relevant state and local laws. Guests who are determined to have improperly purchased seating designated for disabled guests may be removed from the event without refund.
Elevators in the Nassau Coliseum are located between Gates 1 and 20 on the main concourse. Elevator 2 is located between Gates 15 and 16 to the main concourse. If you require the use of an elevator, please proceed to the Guest Services Desk when you arrive and ask for an Event Representative to assist you.
Escalators are located in the middle of the Box Office lobby and can be taken down to reach Doolin’s Pub and Bistro 1255 as well as additional concession stands, restrooms and for general access to the lower lobby and Expo Center.
Exit / Re-Entry
THERE IS NO RE-ENTRY. Ticketed guests are not allowed to leave the Nassau Coliseum and return on the same ticket. Once your ticket has been scanned and you have entered the arena concourse you may not leave and re-enter under any circumstances.
Food and beverage, large oversized bags or backpacks, strollers, noisemakers of any kind, weapons or projectiles, video recorders, any camera deemed to be professional and laser pointers are not allowed in Nassau Coliseum. Please note that Security will search all bags and persons upon entry.
There are NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES (except for an event cancellation).
Federal laws prohibit smoking throughout the Nassau Coliseum. Violators will be ejected from the Nassau Coliseum immediately. For your convenience, smoking areas are set up outside the Nassau Coliseum for most events at Gates 1 and 16 as well as the Outdoor Pavilions.
Children 1 and older need a ticket for Sesame Street, Curious George, The Wiggles & Thomas, while all other kids shows are 2 and over.
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