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Nassau Coliseum to be operated by AEG Facilities when it reopens

A rendering of the facade of the renovated

A rendering of the facade of the renovated Nassau Coliseum is seen here. Credit: SHoP Architects

AEG Facilities, which manages the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will run the renovated Nassau Coliseum when it reopens in March, according to Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the firm overseeing the Coliseum overhaul.

Los Angeles-based AEG will manage day-to-day operations at the Coliseum, including staffing the arena and running all systems and equipment.

AEG also operates the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the O2 Arena in London and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“We are excited to bring together an outstanding and experienced team to deliver a premier sports and entertainment venue for Long Island,” said Brett Yormark, chief operating officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, in a statement.

Barry Baum, a spokesman for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, cited the “synergy and efficiency” of having AEG operate the Barclays Center and the Coliseum. Baum declined to disclose the length of AEG’s contract or how much it will be paid.

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will run programing, sales and marketing at the Coliseum.

Pennsylvania-based SMG previously operated the Coliseum.

Company officials also announced four senior staffers at the Coliseum:

•Matt Felker, a Massapequa resident who works as assistant general manager of the Barclays Center, will lead the operations team.

•Rosemarie Milano of Floral Park, vice president of human resources at the Barclays Center, will oversee staffing, labor relationships and other human resources functions.

• Matthew Ackermann, marketing director in the athletics department at the University of San Francisco, will run the marketing department.

• Nick Vaerewyck, director of event booking at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., will serve as senior director of programming.

Brooklyn-based Forest City Ratner Cos. is spending $260 million to renovate and downsize the Uniondale arena and build an adjacent retail and entertainment complex.

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