Hello, Long Island!
With the Nassau Coliseum re-opening only 10 weeks away, the Nets —actually parent company Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment— has promoting upcoming events at the renovated arena and now that includes the Long Island Nets.
Season tickets for the Long Island Nets’ inaugural 2017-18 season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will go on sale Monday, January 30 at 1 p.m.
The Brooklyn Nets’ new D-League team is playing its first season at Barclays Center and will move to Nassau starting in the 2017-18 season. After extensive renovation, the venue re-opens on April 5 with Billy Joel in concert and the Long Island Nets’ season begins in November.
This being the Nets, it’s never to early to market.
“While we are moving to Long Island, we are delighted to have developed our fan base in Brooklyn and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to play at Barclays Center,” said Alton Byrd, Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets. “Our focus at The New Coliseum is to ensure that games are accessible, affordable and fun for families in a spectacular venue.”
The Nets had a hard time selling afternoon D-League games in Brooklyn and have only opened the arena to a limited number of games, the next one vs. Greensboro on Monday being one of them. The games at Nassau will be played mostly in the evening.
Ticket packages have been priced on par with D-League, not NBA games. Lower level non-premium season tickets start at $14 each, and upper level season tickets start at $10.
Fans who sign up now will receive a 15 percent discount at the merchandise store, invite-only access to behind-the-scenes events at The Coliseum, a commemorative gift, corporate partner discounts, and membership to the fan experience program.
The Nets hope to use the Long Island team not just to develop their players —and staff— but to push the Brooklyn brand east. Long Island has long been Knick territory but Brett Yormark et al are open in discussing the opportunity the Long Island Nets and of course the Islanders present for cross-marketing the Brooklyn brand.
The new coliseum, presented by New York Community Bank, will have smaller capacity but greater amenities than its venerable predecessor. It can seat 13,500 for basketball and the arena will also have multiple, smaller configurations that will, BS&E hopes, provide a more intimate setting.
The Nets have not announced where their D-League club will train next season. This year, they are at the HSS Training Center, but when the front office announced the new D-League team, they suggested Long Island would have its own practice facility on the Island once the team moved to Long Island.
One thing is certain: No D-League team has ever played in a more modern venue.
- Long Island Nets season tickets at Nassau Coliseum go on sale - Neil Best - Newsday