Which Nassau Coliseum sporting event do you remember? The following list is a timeline of some sports related happenings at the Coliseum that captured fans interests and sparked conversation throughout the year.
What do you think? Which game related Coliseum topic had an impact this past year? After reviewing the roster, leave a comment below.
Here are ten from 2011:
Evgeni Nabokov joined the NY Islanders
The Russian born goaltender was claimed on waivers by the Islanders on January 22, 2011. He finally made his first appearance in October. Enough said.
Harlem Globetrotters returned for umpteenth time
On February 19, 2011, the Globetrotters hit the Coliseum hardwood with an entire legacy in tow. It’s always a pleasure.
Commissioner Bettman pointed to a vague future for NY Islanders
On February 22, 2011, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman went on Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show. About a rink in Kansas City, the Commissioner said it was “out there as an alternative” for the Islanders. Hmmm?
Editorial presented clear message about the Coliseum
Newsday’s online editorial of April 15, 2011, “Coliseum needs happy second act,” summarized the problems that have held up the development of the Nassau Coliseum. No progress is reported.
Islanders failed to make NHL playoffs (again)
On April 9, 2011, the Isles’ season officially ended as the team failed to muster a playoff bid. Will 2012 be any different?
Coliseum proposal: Answers to county residents’ questions were missing
At a news conference on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced plans for a new Nassau Coliseum sports and entertainment arena along with a new baseball park. The proposal was ultimately defeated.
Nassau Coliseum referendum: A lesson in local government
On August 1, 2011, voters turned down the public referendum that would have allowed Nassau to borrow $400 million for a new Coliseum and baseball field at taxpayer cost, sending a message to politicians.
Orange, Blue and Tattoo Lou at the Nassau Coliseum
In September 2011, the latest try out at the Long Island arena wasn’t a hockey superstar from Russia, Sweden or Finland. Actually, the new kid in Islanders town didn’t skate. Enter Tattoo Lou’s.
Neil Best’s Newsday column of October 24, 2011
NHL to Nassau County: If Islanders leave it would be “malpractice.”
Islanders unveil black “third” jersey
The new apparel debuted on November 23, 2011.