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Barclays disses Coliseum goers

The Nassau Coliseum is currently promoting events that are being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Talk about adding insult to injury. As Islander fans prepare for the team’s final home season in Uniondale, Barclays mastermind Bruce Ratner and County Executive Ed Mangano continue to rub local resident’s noses into the mud.

American Idol Live Tour 2014 is popular with Nassau Coliseum goers.
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Promoting the competition

On Jul. 1, 2014 the Coliseum’s enewsletter, Coliseum Connection, ran an advertisement for “Walking with Dinosaurs” at the Barclays Center later this month. Why is the Coliseum accepting these ads? In case you have not looked lately, the Coliseum is struggling to hold its own. Even though major renovations are set to begin in 2015, everybody knows that without a professional sports franchise anchoring the Long Island venue, future financial success remains questionable. So why is the Coliseum promoting the Barclays Center? It seems there are many more questions than answers.

Where are the ethics of the Coliseum, reaping advertising dollars to promote Ratner’s Barclays Center? Yes, he is the same Forest City executive that lured the Islanders to Brooklyn. If you have any doubt that Coliseum loyalists are getting the short end of the stick, hockey or otherwise, compare the events this summer at the Barclays Center versus the Nassau Coliseum.

Lopsided calendars

During July, which is typically slow, the Barclays Center will host “Walking with Dinosaurs -The Arena Spectacular” for five days; the family friendly “VIP Access Tour”; Katy Perry with back-to-back shows; the EBC Celebrity Basketball Challenge; and Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai.” At the same time, Nassau Coliseum has the American Idol “Live Tour 2014” and subsequent auditions lined-up, as well as the Red Bull Global Rallycross. That is it, four days in all. Barclays has a busy agenda while the Coliseum will be slumbering.

On the other hand, Coliseum supporters could argue that Miley Cyrus chose the Coliseum to resume the US leg of her Bangerz Tour. But then again, Barclays can brag about hosting John Legend in August along with Yanni, Arcade Fire, professional boxing, heroes from the Marvel Universe and more. Yet, the Coliseum is advertising for the Barclays Center. What an insult. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Apparently, the powers that be do not view the Coliseum in the same light as the Barclays Center. Chalk it up as another suburban snub aimed directly at the Coliseum.

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