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Mangano Proposing Smaller Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale as seen from Chopper 880 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale as seen from Chopper 880 (file/credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will present a plan for a smaller replacement for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Wednesday night’s State of the County address.

Mangano believes that a new smaller venue would be more competitive for concerts, minor league sports, and family shows.

He said it would be a practical plan for the 40-year-old arena.

Early reaction from residents is mixed.

“You’re cutting yourself out of the potential for bigger stuff,” one man told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

“Who’s going to pay for it? That’s the bottom line,” said another. “Big venues is good. I think that brings in a lot of money.”

“It need to be rebuilt, redone over,” said still another. “Bring it on.”

Mangano said a smaller coliseum would free up space for other development and create new revenue sources.

The Coliseum’s primary tenant – the New York Islanders – are scheduled to leave for Brooklyn in 2015.

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