“In a presentation of all four Nassau Coliseum redevelopment proposals…Ed and David Blumenfeld let the two ‘1,000-pound gorillas’ know they weren’t going down without a fight.” – Long Island Business News
Madison Square Garden has joined with a local real estate company on Long Island and submitted plans for redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum. Barclay’s Center mastermind, Bruce Ratner, has also put forward a design for renovation of the arena. Suddenly, residents in Nassau are scratching their heads and wondering where all these movers and shakers were before the Islanders inked a deal to play in Brooklyn. David Blumenfeld, Vice President of Blumenfeld Development Group, would probably agree.
Before the Islanders signed on with the Barclay’s Center, when it came to securing proposals for Coliseum redevelopment, there were no takers. That has all changed. At the moment, sports and entertainment giant Madison Square Garden and even the powers that be at the Barclay’s Center itself want a piece of the action out in Uniondale. Not so fast. Enter David Blumenfeld.
The Blumenfeld Development Group, along with three other companies, has submitted a bid regarding future plans for the Coliseum.
According to a Long Island Business News article by Jonathan LaMantia, published June 26, 2013, “Blumenfelds attack MSG, Ratner at Coliseum forum,” David Blumenfeld let his opinions fly at the recent gathering.
“I’d argue with [Madison Square Garden] about who’s more qualified to develop on Long Island,” Blumenfeld is quoted as saying.
Whether or not to refurbish the existing edifice or build an entirely new Coliseum has also been a major issue.
“…I don’t understand why the Garden now says they can renovate,” said Blumenfeld, who wants to tear down the Coliseum and construct an up-to-the-minute sports complex with offices and a hotel.
Blumenfeld raised other valid points. If MSG has a hand in the Coliseum’s future, would that relationship create conflicting schedules? Suppose the Rolling Stones or The Who, for example, decide to hold a concert tour that only stops at one venue in the tri-state area? Would the Coliseum get a fair shot at hosting the event if Madison Square Garden is involved? The same holds true if the head honchos at the Barclay’s Center have a say-so at the Coliseum.
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. You could argue the Coliseum has the same effect.