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New York Islanders Anniversary Of The Coliseum’s Last Day

By Matt O'Leary
Apr 21, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Islanders fans outside of the Coliseum before game four of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Islanders fans outside of the Coliseum before game four of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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A year ago today the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum hosted its last event. In fitting fashion, Billy Joel closed the “old barn”  and the audience gave an appropriate eulogy as the Coliseum was on its death bed.

The final season at Nassau Coliseum was an emotional one for the organization and especially for the fans of the New York Islanders. It turned out that the last Islanders game at the Coliseum would be a Game 6 victory over the Washington Capitals.

When it becomes a trivia question of who scored the last goal at the Coliseum the answer is Cal Clutterbuck and his empty netter (You’re Welcome).

The last event at the Coliseum was a Billy Joel concert, that happened a year ago today. What’s more Long Island than Billy Joel and the Islanders? I don’t think there’s an answer to that question.

Hearing the final “Lets Go Islanders” chant at Nassau Coliseum hits hard. This is the first time that I saw that video, and seriously props to everyone in the arena for joining in that was great.

It brought back countless memories and that sound can’t ever be replicated. Nassau Coliseum could be classified as a dump, I understand that. But, a building like that will never be replicated.

I’ve been to MetLife and the old Giants stadium which holds thousands of more people, heck I’ve even been to the Garden for a playoff game for the other New York team and nothing will ever come close to the noise level of that building.

Luckily for me, my last time at the Coli was Game 3, when John Tavares won it in OT just seconds in. I’m telling you after he scored the building was so loud you couldn’t hear the goal horn or the goal song. Heck, I couldn’t even hear myself think.

To hear that amazing chant one final time, in the place it was born is something special. It seems crazy that the building has been closed for a year already. Time really does fly.

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Every time I’m driving down Hempstead Turnpike and pass the Coliseum I do the Lets Go Islanders honk for old times sake. I’m glad that video was put out today, because all Islander fans should see it, because it means something to them. Thanks for the memories NVMC, ya did good.

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