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New Nassau Coliseum to host MAAC tripleheader

Iona head coach Tim Cluess calls to his

Iona head coach Tim Cluess calls to his players during the first half of the 2013 MAAC Championship against Manhattan in Springfield, Mass., on March 11. Credit: Newsday / AP

The new Nassau Coliseum will host a Metro Atlantic Athletic Association men’s basketball tripleheader on Jan. 27, 2018.

The announcement will be made official later Friday afternoon.

The Long Island Hoops event will feature Iona playing archrival Manhattan. Iona coach Tim Cluess is from Floral Park.

The other games include Fairfield vs. Quinnipiac and Marist vs. Monmouth. Monmouth is currently 24-5 and has won 14 in a row.

This will mark the conference’s first games at the new Coliseum. Long Island Hoops is the basketball platform of the new Coliseum.

The new Coliseum is scheduled to re-open on April 5, 2017 after extensive renovation.

The first college basketball game at the new Coliseum will be on Nov. 11, 2017, when Stony Brook plays Maryland. Then, on Dec. 22, 2017, Hofstra will face Villanova, marking a reunion for Wildcats coach Jay Wright, who coached Hofstra from 1994 to 2001.

Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which operates the Barclays Center and controls and manages the Coliseum, told Newsday in December that both Hofstra and Stony Brook will regularly face national-caliber teams as part of an ambitious plan for college basketball at the new Coliseum. Yormark said that plan also includes a recently filed application to host the opening rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament and an effort to attract major conference tournaments.

Tickets to all three MAAC games will go on sale at a later date. Home and away teams will also be determined at a later date.

With Mark Herrmann

New York Sports