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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Bruce Ratner: ‘We’re good at getting it done’
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Masao Katagami/Herald
Ratner discussed the planning that went into the Barclays Center, which he says he wants to implement at the Nassau Coliseum.
Ratner said he would plan to have free entertainment at a rebuilt Coliseum, and that he would bring three different circuses to the arena — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil.

The company has a partnership with Roc Nation, an entertainment company founded by Jay Z, which comprises recording artists such as Rihanna and Shakira.

More than 100 family shows and concerts would be planned annually.

Sports

Though the Islanders will soon play their home games in the Barclays Center, Ratner’s plan would bring the team back to the Coliseum for six home games per year. The Nets would play one preseason game in Long Island, and Ratner said he would focus on bringing boxing and college basketball to the arena. According to Ratner, the Barclays Center, “Outside of Vegas, is the boxing venue. That same boxing can be done in Nassau.”

The stadium would also have a lacrosse, arena football, and college and minor league hockey presence. “What does draw crowds is original thinking,” said Ratner. “[Yormark] has forged relationships with every single sporting type you can imagine.”


Approximately 75 sporting events would be held at the arena per year.

Economic impact

A spokesman for Nassau Events Center LLC said that their proposal would create more than 2,400 jobs in Nassau County, while generating $7.5 billion over 30 years.

Sitting inside a board room at the Barclays Center, Ratner ended the tour by reflecting on his track record in development, emphasizing his ability at completing projects. “We’re good at getting it done,” he said. “In today’s world you need to create a brand. You need to create buzz and marketing. We’re really good at that.”

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