State checking Coliseum for asbestos
newsday.comAn inspector for the state Department of Labor has been analyzing the Nassau Coliseum to determine whether asbestos in the popular concert, recreation and sports venue poses a cancer threat.
"We can confirm that we did send an inspector out to the Nassau Coliseum and we are doing an asbestos investigation," said Leo Rosales, spokesman for the agency, based in Albany. "That's the extent of what we can say at this time."
Nassau County has previously acknowledged that the arena, which opened in 1972, contains asbestos within its walls, but the issue surfaced again this week when an attorney who represents some of the Coliseum workers spoke with NBC News 4.
"The Islanders, as the primary tenant, expect that the building owner, SMG, will review the allegations and take any and all appropriate action," Islanders senior vice president Michael Picker said in a statement. "It is my understanding that the review has already begun. The safety of our fans, players and employees is paramount."
County officials could not be reached for comment, but the asbestos issue was part of the debate last year over whether to tear down the Coliseum to build a new arena for the Islanders.
At that time, county officials confirmed asbestos was present as they were conducting a comprehensive environmental assessment of the area surrounding the building in the weeks before the Aug. 1 referendum on the new site. Nassau voters rejected the $400 million project.
this shows up on newsday tonight, and meanwhile the front page of islanders.com has this:
TICKETS TO ISLANDERS-DEVILS GAME AT BARCLAYS CENTER ON SALE MARCH 29 AT 10 A.M.
First NHL Game in Brooklyn to be held October 2, 2012
Print Tickets to the New York Islanders-New Jersey Devils game at Barclays Center will go on sale Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
The preseason game, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., will mark the first sporting event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn. Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by 11 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.
The young talent of the Islanders, led by 2012 NHL All-Star John Tavares, will match-up against the Devils in what will be the first ever National Hockey League game played in Brooklyn.
NETS All Access ticket holders and Islanders ticket plan holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the game before the general public. For more information please visit www.barclayscenter.com or contact the New York Islanders at 1-800-882-ISLES (ext. 2).