Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Location Uniondale, New York
Coordinates 40°43′22″N 73°35′26″W
Opened February 11, 1972
Owner Nassau County, New York

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, commonly known as Nassau Coliseum or simply The Coliseum, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York. Home to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, the Coliseum is located approximately 19 miles (31 km) east of New York City on Long Island. Opened in 1972, the Coliseum occupies 63 acres (250,000 m2) of Mitchel Field, site of a former Army and Air Force base. The facility is located in an unincorporated area of the Town of Hempstead, within the Uniondale 11553 Zip Code. The Coliseum is also used for concerts, large exhibitions and shows of various kinds, as well as trade shows — 44,000 square feet (4,100 m2) at the main arena, 60,000 at the Expo Center.

Music and film historyEdit

David Bowie performed in the Coliseum during his 1976 Station to Station Tour. The concert was broadcast on radio, it and had been heavily circulated as a bootleg by fans. The full concert saw official release in 2010 as the Station To Station Deluxe Box Set.

The Coliseum was one of only two venues in the United States where Pink Floyd mounted their limited run of shows for The Wall Tour in February 1980. Five concerts were performed from February 24 through 28, one of which was filmed and later traded as a bootleg by fans for years. In August 1988, they recorded and filmed the Delicate Sound of Thunder over four nights at the Coliseum.

Certain songs from Bruce Springsteen's memorable New Year's Eve concert in 1980 were used on his 1986 live album, Live/1975–85. Both The Grateful Dead and Phish have frequently played the Coliseum, concerts yielding live albums in both cases: Go to Nassau by the Dead; and three installments of the Live Phish Series4-2-98, 4-3-98 and 2-28-03.

Scenes for the 2007 movie Music and Lyrics starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore were filmed at the arena. The following year, on February 6 and 7, 2008, The Spice Girls performed two sold-out shows during their Return of the Spice Girls World Tour. It was their first performance in the New York area as a five-piece act. During the summer of their Spiceworld Tour in 1998, the girls had played the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, PNC Bank Arts Center, and Madison Square Garden as part of their New York dates, but Geri Halliwell had left the group right before the American leg of the tour.

Billy Joel has a "retired number" banner hanging from the rafters, along with those of Islander greats, to commemorate his many Coliseum sold-out shows.

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