International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Nassau Coliseum: Death of an Arena?
Ira Stolzenberg, Sarbjit “Sab” Singh

This is a case study analyzing and discussing how a former championship-winning professional sports franchise eventually made an economic decision to end a more than 3-decade long relationship with a committed fan base and long-time business partners and eventually move to an adjoining market. The paper outlines the history of the Stanley Cup-winning New York Islanders, its various ownership tenures, the multi-year battle for a new arena, and the surprising decision in 2013 regarding the franchise’s future in its new home of Brooklyn, NY. The case study questions what the loss of the team means for its original home market of Long Island, NY, and does the ultimate financial and development arrangement finally struck for a planned renovated Nassau Coliseum portend a movement when it comes to sports facility funding around the country.

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