NYCB Live Debut

NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank in Long Island, N.Y., was unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony March 31.

Originally opened in 1972, the Coliseum underwent a $165 million renovation and is ready to host world-class sports and entertainment beginning with a grand-opening performance by Billy Joel April 5.

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The facility was developed by Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by architecture firms SHoP Architects and Gensler.

Upgrades include a new exterior glass storefront to allow natural light into the concourse, a redesigned main entrance, all new seating, improved bowl circulation, and revamped bathrooms and concessions.

New amenities for fans include an event-level VIP Club and The Blue Moon Beer Garden. The venue’s Artist Quarters provides residential-style living spaces for performers and talent management, according to Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.

The fan experience will also be enhanced with access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, upgraded phone service for all major cell carriers and a larger, high-definition LED scoreboard.

Through its Long Island Taste program, the venue will offer food and beverages from local restaurants and vendors. The program is modeled after Brooklyn Taste of Barclays Center, and overseen by Levy Restaurants.

The Coliseum will be home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets affiliate the Long Island Nets.

“I am beyond proud to say we have collectively succeeded in delivering to Long Island the venue it has long deserved,” Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark said. “We have replicated the best aspects of Barclays Center, like its renowned customer service and culinary program, and infused it with the spirit of Long Island.

“The combination has yielded a premier venue with a first-class experience that will become a vital part of the fabric of the community.” 

Concerts include Stevie Nicks, Marc Anthony, Barbara Streisand, Barry Manilow, Metallica, The Weeknd, New Kids On The Block, Roger Waters, and Bruno Mars, to name a few.