Nassau Coliseum renovation photos and new venue sneak peek

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It’s been a long haul for Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, which has been under renovation since closing its doors in August 2015. Billy Joel performed on opening night, April 5, and on April 8, the public was welcomed to an open house. Take a look at the various stages the arena has gone through.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, veterans and
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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, veterans and officials from NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, standing around the new veterans memorial at the transformed and newly reopened sports and entertainment venue Saturday, April 8, 2017 .

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with
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Veterans of several wars gathered for the dedication of an eternal flame outside the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 8, 2017. 

 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with
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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, with veterans and officials from NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, dedicated a memorial to veterans at the renovated venue Saturday, April 8, 2017.

 

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Sheila Jordan of SheilaJordanArt.com showing Madison Lynch of
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Face painter Sheila Jordan shows Madison Lynch of East Rockaway her painted face during the open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Color Guards marching into place where Nassau County
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Color Guard members marched into place at the dedication of a memorial to veterans Saturday, April 8, 2017, at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

Jessie Santiago of SheilaJordanArt.com painting Christopher Richardson, 2,
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Jessie Santiago painted the face of Christopher Richardson, 2, of Plainview during an open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Ed Dempsey helping the Long Island Nets, a
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Ed Dempsey helping the Long Island Nets, a D league team, coach children at a basketball camp held during the open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

There was a large turnout during the Open
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There was a large turnout for the open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Ed Dempsey helping the Long Island Nets, a
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Ed Dempsey helping the Long Island Nets, a D league team, with coaching children at the basketball camp at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Gabriella Thomas, 17 and Daniella Lopez, 7 right
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Gabriella Thomas, 17 and Daniella Lopez, 7, shooting baskets at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Billy Joel walks through the NYCB Live's Nassau
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Billy Joel walks through NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum during a banner-raising ceremony in his honor on Monday, April 3, 2017. Joel will be celebrating 33 sold out shows at the arena and will be the first performer when the revamped venue reopens on Wednesday.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Billy Joel, Andrew
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From left, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, NYCB Executive Vice President Andrew Kaplan and Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment attend a banner-raising ceremony for the entertainer celebrating his 33 sold-out shows at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Billy Joel watches during a banner raising ceremony
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Billy Joel watches during a banner-raising ceremony in his honor at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday, April 3, 2017. Joel will be celebrating 33 sold out shows at the arena and will be the first performer when the revamped venue reopens on Wednesday. 

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This is the area in the lower concourse
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The lower concourse at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

County Executive Ed Mangano in the lower concourse
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in the lower concourse, where photos of the Islanders are on display, at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The hallway at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on
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The hallway at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

Blue Moon Beer Garden at the renovated Nassau
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Blue Moon Beer Garden at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

The promoters lounge at the renovated Nassau Coliseum
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The promoters lounge at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

This is the area in the lower concourse
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This is the area in the lower concourse at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Uniondale High Schools' Ribbon of the Night group
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Uniondale High School's choir, Rhythm of the Knight, performs during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Uniondale High School Choir, Rhythm of the Night,
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The Uniondale High School Choir, Rhythm of the Knight, performs at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Uniondale High School Choir, Rhythm of the Night,
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The Uniondale High School Choir, Rhythm of the Knight, performs at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Uniondale High Schools' Ribbon of the Night group
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Uniondale High School's Rhythm of the Knight choir performs during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

A hallway at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on
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A hallway at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

The artist dressing room at at the renovated
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The artist dressing room at at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

The Green Room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum
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The Green Room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

Long Island Nets locker room at the renovated
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Long Island Nets locker room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

A hockey locker room at the renovated Nassau
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A hockey locker room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

The renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31,
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The renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Seats at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday,
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Seats at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, fourth from right, and
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Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, fourth from right, and Kevin Law, second from right, were among the guests at the opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum Friday, March 31, 2017.

County Executive Ed Mangano addressing the audience after
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano addresses the audience after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

CEO Bruce Ratner addressing the audience after the
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Developer Bruce Ratner addresses the audience after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

CEO Bruce Ratner addressing the audience after the
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Developer Bruce Ratner addresses the audience after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

County Executive Ed Mangano shakes hands with Bruce
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano greets developer Bruce Ratner at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum
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Developer Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum
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Developer Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum
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Developer Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Bruce Ratner says 10,000 gallons of paint were
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Developer Bruce Ratner, speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017, says 10,000 gallons of paint were used on the renovations. He added it was all union labor.

The opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on
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The opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017. The Prime Cheeseburger costs $9, according to the menu on the screen. Chicken tenders and fries are $11.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Bruce Ratner
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Bruce Ratner cut a ribbon at the entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

CEO Bruce Ratner taking a walk in the
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Developer Bruce Ratner takes a walk in the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum before the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Friday, March 31, 2017.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Bruce Ratner
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and developer Bruce Ratner cut a ribbon at the entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Bruce Ratner
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and developer Bruce Ratner just after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

Entry to the arena and concert area at
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Entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

The promenade outside the arena area during the
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The promenade outside the arena area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

The new arena and concert area during the
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The new arena and concert area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

The new arena and concert area during the
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The new arena and concert area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

The new arena and concert area during the
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The new arena and concert area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

The grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum
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The grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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