One day after breaking ground for the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, County Executive Ed Mangano announced that once complete, the Coliseum would become the home of an NBA minor league basketball team, now known as the Long Island Nets.
The County Executive joined with the CEO and General Manager of the recently named Brooklyn Nets, and the President of the NBA D-League, in announcing that Long Island will once again be the home of a basketball franchise, when the Long Island Nets begin permanently playing at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the 2017-18 Season. The league – which prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA – will play its first year at Barclays Center.
Mangano went on to say that there is much more to look forward to in the new Coliseum.
“The arena will host hundreds of events annually, and of course sports will play a big role,” he said. “The Long Island Nets will have a world-class sports and entertainment destination to call home – the nicest in the league. I am excited to welcome the franchise back to the community.