Look, I know most people may not look for sites where people aren’t afraid to express their opinion and allow for all of their posts to be unbiased. I have been doing this site since January and for all of that time I have tried to stay professional and keep my opinion out of it, but for once I am not going to do that. For almost over a year I have had a post in mind to do about a specific topic and about a specific arena. With the Arena’s of the Past Series I have it gave me the perfect opportunity to do so and I am taking the opportunity. This will be the longest post I have ever done on this site and maybe the most opinionative post I have done, but doing it once in a while is it really that bad. I feel very strongly about this and have developed somewhat of an attachment to this arena in the last few years so please show respect. Thanks & I hope You Enjoy!!!!
The arena and sports team I am talking about is the very resurgent New York Islanders and their home the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. For those who may not know the Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn at the end of this NHL season and the Coliseum will be closing for renovations. Little side note, if your fan and haven’t went back for the final season then get back to relive your memories as soon as possible, because this will be a season you will never forget. For those who may not know the Coliseum actually held part of Wrestlemania 2 and saw Mr. T vs Roddy Piper in the infamous boxing match. So to those who may wonder why I am writing about this that’s how a post about the Coliseum relates to wrestling.
Nassau Coliseum What the Outsiders Don’t Get:
Now on to a more personal portion and that is the environment at the Nassau Coliseum for an NHL game. If you have never been to an Islander game at the Nassau Coliseum you don’t know what you’re missing, and I am speaking from experience as up until this off-season I didn’t know what I was missing either. As I would come to find out this year when the Coliseum is rocking there is no better arena in Hockey and no better place to be, because you can feel the place shaking, the voices echoing, and the goose bumps all over; and that is just for the regular season, imagine how it is for playoffs. The environment in the Coliseum is something special and is something that you have to feel and can’t be explained. However the environment in the arena is something that in all likelihood will go the wayward way once the Islanders leave for Brooklyn. This is sad and shows that though most think we are just losing a hockey, Long Island is losing more than just a hockey team and more than just our team. Those who fill the Coliseum and have filled the Coliseum over the years, and even if the team wasn’t that good the people still came and cheered; those people will be losing their home away from home in the month of October to April once the Islanders move. I am just going to add that anyone who say what’s the big deal has never felt what it’s like to be in the Coliseum and to feel that environment. Once the Coliseum is gone, it is the last of the arenas that are for the fans and unlike the big arenas they have now that are for big businesses and corporate types. I guess what I am saying is once the Coliseum is gone the last “Barn” is gone also.
I know that it’s easy to blame someone for this because you can as it is certain peoples fault that the Islanders are moving. However, there is a better way to make those people not think they “won” and that is even after the Islanders move, by still bringing that energy and big event feel to everything at the Coliseum. Doing that will show that even though our hockey team is gone and even though it’s a new Coliseum, the environment in that “Barn” is something that will never change unless we allow it to. A few weeks ago I read an article about the Islanders written by a fan and though I may not remember most of the article I do remember the title of the article. The title was “Losing Fort Neverlose” it detailed all that will be lost once the Islanders move and how it didn’t have to be like this. Well, I have to say from the lack of experience I have, I don’t know if we have a voice (younger generation); because where I live young people don’t really have a loud voice. It depends on how we use that voice to reflect the changes around us. The age of the dynasty may be long gone, but a new age of Islander pride is slowly rising up and though some bumps may fill the road, one day people we see the Isles in the Stanley Cup again. Sadly it may not be on the Island, but that doesn’t mean the pride for the team will waiver. Finally, though you may believe they are taking our team and our arena away. But you’re wrong because once you have gone to anything at the Coliseum, especially an Islander game you always remember the environment and the memories you made; and though they can take the team and change the Coliseum, you will Never Lose the Memories.
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