There are a number of venues around North America that are quite simply synonymous with WWE. Madison Square Garden sits at the top of that pile but not far behind is a venue in Uniondale, New York that has been shuttered, seemingly permanently.
The Nassau Coliseum in Long Island was today announced to not be reopening after the current COVID-19 induced arena shutdown is over.
The owners of the arena, Onexim Sports & Entertainment are in the process of looking for investors to take on ownership of the arena and its associated debt.
The closure of the arena will tug on the heartstrings of many wrestling fans. Opened in 1972, it has played host to countless events over the years.
The most memorable and iconic of which included a part of WrestleMania 2 headlined by a boxing match between Mr. T and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, the first all female WWE PPV, ‘Evolution’ in 2018 and one of the WWE’s greatest PPVs of all time, SummerSlam 2002. An event which saw the WWE PPV debut of Rey Mysterio, the return from long term injury of Shawn Michaels to battle Triple H in an unsanctioned match and Brock Lesnar defeating The Rock to become the youngest WWE Champion of all time.
Also the former home of the New York Islanders NHL team, an Onexhim statement read:
“The unforeseeable and unprecedented Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on the operations of the Coliseum and its finances. While we still believe in the enormous long term economic value of the Coliseum and the development of the surrounding land, we recognize that such value will be best realized by other parties.”
This isn’t definitively the end of the venue. Their remains hope that an investor can be found. But with the pandemic making the arena business a very risky one to be involved with and no major NHL or NBA team calling the building home, prospects look bleak.