Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was built in 1972 on the site of Mitchel Field, a military base, and is the third oldest arena in the NHL. While it lacks many of the amenities of modern arenas, some say it has a certain charm and appeal with its location away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. It has the smallest capacity of any NHL arena. The massive $4 billion Lighthouse Project is being planned and would include an updated arena, housing, a 5-star hotel and many retail establishments. The Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983 and banners are displayed from the rafters as well as retired jerseys of coaches and players from that era. In addition to Islanders banners, Long Island native Billy Joel has a banner hanging from the rafters. Nassau Coliseum hosted the 1983 NHL All-Star Game. The arena also was home to the New Jersey Nets of the old ABA, has hosted numerous concerts, trade shows and the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Lower Suite, Club Suite and Upper Suite locations are not shown in the map. Availability is only indicated in the Legend.
Upper VIP seating includes Rows A-E.
Center Mezzanine and End Mezzanine include Rows F-O.
Upper Mezzanine Center and Upper Mezzanine End include Rows P-T.
Tickets not specified by the seller as Upper VIP, Center Mezzanine or End Mezzanine may map to a less premium section.
Doolin's Pub, Backstage Café and Bohemian Club are all located in the Lower Lobby and open 90 minutes prior to events and close one hour after the event ends. The box office is open Monday-Friday (9:30am-4:45pm) and during events. Disabled/handicap seating is available.
Nassau Coliseum sits on 63 acres of Mitchel Field, a former Army/Air Force base located in the center of Nassau County. The 1,200-acre base was closed in 1960 and Nassau County obtained much of the property the following year and the decision was made to build a 15,000 seat arena (additional seats were added in 1981-1984 that has increased the seating capacity to over 18,000). The building was named Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to commemorate those who gave their lives in the line of duty.
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
From Queens: Take Grand Central Parkway into the Northern State Parkway to exit 31A (Meadowbrook Parkway South) to exit M4 (Meadowbrook Parkway), follow signs to Nassau Coliseum.
From Manhattan: Take Battery Tunnel to Belt Parkway, proceeding east to the Southern State Parkway, to exit 22N (Meadowbrook Parkway North) to exit M4, follow signs to Nassau Coliseum. From all other areas exit M4 and follow signs to Nassau Coliseum.
Parking for cars is $7 and for buses $14. Handicapped parking is available, as is VIP/press parking. To drop off/pick up ticketed guests before or after an event, enter through the Earle Ovington Boulevard entrance, opposite Hofstra University, on the west side of the venue.
By bus, take the Long Island Bus routes N70, N71, or N72 from the Hempstead Terminal, which will drop you off on Hempstead Turnpike opposite the Nassau Coliseum. Information for all buses to and from the Nassau Coliseum can also be obtained by calling 516-228-4000 or by visiting the Long Island Bus Web site. By train: the Long Island Rail Road offers service near Nassau Coliseum. There is no train stop for the Nassau Coliseum; you will need to take a bus or a taxi to the venue from any station. Nassau Coliseum is located near three LIRR train stations: Westbury, Hempstead & Hicksville. All stations are about a 5-10 minute ride from the LIRR. Westbury Station: Taxis are located at the train station. There is no direct bus service available to Nassau Coliseum from the Westbury train station. Hempstead Station: Taxis are located at the train station or you can walk one block to the Hempstead Bus Terminal and take either the N70, N71, or N72, which will drop you off on Hempstead Turnpike opposite the Nassau Coliseum. Hicksville Station: Taxis are located at the train station. There is no direct bus service available to Nassau Coliseum from the Hicksville train station. For schedules and more information, call either (516) 822-5477 or 718 (217-5477) or visit the Long Island Rail Road Web site.