About Nassau Coliseum
One of the oldest concert halls, sports venues, and convention centers in the US, the Nassau Coliseum, located just miles from Queens, is one of New York’s premier places to catch a show or a game. Anyone who’s everyone has either played or performed at this East Coast mainstay, and it’s a testament to its popularity that it hasn’t been torn down and replaced with a more modern venue!
History of the Nassau Coliseum
The Nassau Coliseum is a dinosaur in comparison to most modern venues, as this indoor multi-use arena opened its doors all the way back in 1972, making use of more than 60 acres of a former US Air Force base outside of Hempstead, Long Island. The place has undergone three major renovations in its lifetime, each noticeably bigger than the past, culminating with the most recent and almost complete redesign and overhaul in 2017.
This venerable venue has seen literally dozens of teams call it home, though it’s best known as the place the NHL’s New York Islanders have played since 1977. The Islanders have come and gone and come again in their time due to relocations and renovations, just as other major sports teams like the New York Nets.
The Coliseum is also a favorite on the pro-wrestling circuit, with the WWE holding some 30-odd years of events there over the years. To top it off, Nassau Coliseum is also an incredibly popular concert venue with greats like Elvis (yes it’s that old) to Bruce Springsteen and beyond all playing there over the years.
What’s so special about Nassau Coliseum events?
Nassau Coliseum events are noteworthy because there are just so damn many. You can find something for everyone here, whether it’s a concert, a trade show, a pro sports game, or anything else. The fact that the Coliseum underwent an absolute no-stone-unturned refurb just a few years ago means that this venerable venue is about as modern as it can be, transforming what would have been an early-70s nightmare into a modern dream come true!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Nassau Coliseum located?
Nassau Coliseum is situated in Uniondale, New York, just east of New York City and the Borough of Queens.
What kind of events does Nassau Coliseum host?
Nassau Coliseum events are mainly sporting events such as basketball and hockey. The Coliseum also hosts concerts, large exhibitions and shows as well as trade shows.
Which team is playing at Nassau Coliseum?
The venue is home to two teams: the New York Islanders (NHL) and the NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets.
Where can I park for free at Nassau Coliseum?
There are 9 official lots surrounding the stadium for fans to use when attending Nassau Coliseum events. We recommend you book your spot online, as advanced pre-paid parking is always $20 or less. If you pay on the day, prices vary, depending on the event you’re attending.
What is the seating capacity of Nassau Coliseum?
Nassau Coliseum concerts can seat 16,800 fans. However, for sporting events, this number is reduced to 14,500.
Who owns Nassau Coliseum?
The venue is owned by Nassau County.
How do I get to Nassau Coliseum using public transport?
Fans looking to save a few bucks at Nassau Coliseum sporting events can forget about parking and turn to public transport. The Nassau Inter-County Express bus routes: N70, N71, N72 will all drop you off a short walk away from the stadium, making it fairly easy to arrive hassle-free.