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Nassau Coliseum, officially known as Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, is home to the New York Islanders hockey team, member of the National Hockey League and the New York Dragons Arena Football League team. It was home of the New York Saints National Lacrosse League team from 1998-2003. The Saints became an inactive team in 2004. Earlier, the Coliseum had hosted the New York Arrows and later the New York Express of the original MISL. Nassau Coliseum is located in Uniondale, New York, half an hour from New York City.
The Nassau Coliseum opened in 1972 and previously hosted minor league hockey prior to the awarding of the Islanders franchise. It is currently the third-oldest arena in active use by an NHL team, and is generally considered to be obsolescent. In late September, 2004, Islanders ownership announced a very ambitious project to rennovate the Coliseum and add housing units (including affordable housing units) and an adjacent tower, at a projected overall cost of approximately $200,000,000.
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