New Look For Nassau

A team that includes the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Live Nation and Jay-Z is making a pitch to revamp the aging Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.

Nassau Events Center LLC was one of four bidders that recently submitted proposals for the 17,000-capacity venue, which is losing its major tenant – the NHL’s New York Islanders – to the Barclays Center when the team’s lease expires in 2015. Officials have been trying to decide how to redevelop the building for years.

NEC’s $89 million proposal would lower the Coliseum’s capacity to 13,000 and create a theater configuration inside the arena bowl to suit 4,000- to 8,000-capacity events. A monument to Nassau County Veterans would be built outside the venue.

The plan also recommends the construction of an additional $140 million entertainment district surrounding the Coliseum with a 2,000-seat theater similar to Live Nation’s Fillmore venues, a 2,500-capacity outdoor amphitheatre, a movie theater and 50,000 feet of retail space.

LN and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation would bring more than 50 concerts per year to the venue, the proposal says, in addition to at least six Islanders home games per season, one Brooklyn Nets preaseason game and minor league hockey games.

The proposal includes a 15-month timeframe.

County officials are expected to decide on a plan for the Coliseum this summer.