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ISLANDERS BEGIN TO REBUILD; NEW ARENA IN THE FUTURE?
Published July 6, 1995
Islander ownership is watching with "keen interest" the Devils' problems in New Jersey, according to Peter Botte in this morning's N.Y. POST. Yesterday, Islander CEO Bob Rosenthal said the team is going to take "prudent, calculated" steps to rebuild the franchise. One of which is to "address the Nassau Coliseum as a facility." Rosenthal: "We need either a dramatic renovation or a new facility to make us competitive for our fans, for this franchise." Rosenthal stressed that the team was "not moving," however, with so many cities "willing to embrace and invest" in a pro team, they "expect the same" from the county, Long Island and the state. Rosenthal said the team has had "good and ongoing" discussions with Nassau County Exec Thomas Giulotta about a new building -- either adjacent to the existing Coliseum or in the Belmont Park area. But he also noted that "bare- scratch minimum refurbishments," including renegotiating the existing lease, are "critical" to being competitive in what remains for now a three-team market. If a new building is not possible Rosenthal believes that, "at the very least," they need to upgrade their exisiting site by increasing seating capacity, adding more luxury boxes and improving various amenities (N.Y. POST, 7/6).