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New York Islanders: Nassau Coliseum Opener Tailgate Party

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 08: The New York Islanders booster club holds a tailgate party prior to the season opener between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 08: The New York Islanders booster club holds a tailgate party prior to the season opener between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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For the New York Islanders first game at the Nassau Coliseum this year, on December 1, 2018, Eyes on Isles will be hosting a tailgate party.

The New York Islanders will host their first regular season game at Nassau Coliseum since April 11, 2015, on December 1, 2018. In just over three years, the Islanders will be returning to play meaningful hockey games at the Coli.

On December 1, they’ll play Columbus at home, the team that beat them at the final regular season hockey game at the Coliseum. Not only will the New York Islanders be making their return NVMC but so will Eyes on Isles.

Mitch is making his way down to Canada for his annual stop in New York for an Islanders game. This year, he won’t be coming in February like years past. Instead, he wants to see the Isles first game back at the old barn.

I can’t say that I blame him, it’s going to be a packed house and a playoff-like atmosphere. Just last year they played a preseason game at the Coliseum and the crowd was super into it. This time, it counts towards the standings, and sure it’s only a December game, but fans have been waiting for this for over three seasons. It’s going to be huge!

Before the game, Mitch and I will be tailgating. In another world of firsts, Mitch has never been to a tailgate before (What do they do in Canada?) so he won’t only be celebrating his first Islander game at the Coliseum but also his first tailgate party as well.

We plan on getting to the parking lot early, around 4:00 pm to start the festivities and all are welcome to join us in the fun. We ask if you do want to join in on the eating and drinking that you pitch in and bring stuff too.

Mitch and I are doing this all out of pocket so it’s hard for us to buy food to fill a potentially large group. Any assistance you provide is huge!

Now, you’re probably wondering, how in the heck am I going to know where the tailgate party is? Simple, we will put out a picture on our Facebook and Twitter to show where we are and to give a better description of our location.

Then, after the game, Mitch and I will be heading back out to our spot to record our postgame show. You can join in on the fun and participate in our postgame podcast too.

Last year when Mitch came down we did a more formal podcast and raised money for America’s VetDogs, but this time we instead, wanted to throw a tailgate party for the biggest regular season game the Islanders have played in years.

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Stay tuned on the website and our social media for more info as it gets closer, but for now, tell all your friends about this wonderful tailgating experience.

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