The beloved Long Island arena Nassau Coliseum closed down in 2015, with the promise of new ownership and major renovations. Well, that promise has been fulfilled, as the Coliseum has now announced it’s first post-renovation concert, a sure-to-be awesome evening with hometown hero Billy Joel on April 5th. Joel actually played the venue’s final show when it closed last year, bringing along Paul Simon, Kevin James, and Governor Andrew Cuomo for surprise appearances in front of an excited but emotional audience.Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs the highly successful Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will lead the charge on the venue’s grand re-opening. CEO Brett Yormark promised to take a similar approach with the new Nassau Coliseum, saying “[t]he first couple of months we really want people to sample all the different types of programming that will take place — whether it’s world-class concerts, obviously, boxing, MMA, family shows and the like. We’re really going to showcase the diversification of our programming mix and give people a lot to think about. That was pretty much how we opened Barclays Center, and we’re going to do the same out there.”The new-and-improved Nassau Coliseum will seat 14,500 for concerts, 13,500 for basketball games and 13,000 for hockey games. Interestingly enough, the venue is will be versatile in its ability to host events of all sizes, with different configurations ranging from 4,000 to 16,000 people, depending on the event. Another intriguing piece of information is the Coliseum’s new “All Access Pass” membership program, which provides subscribers with lower-level seats to every event at the venue, along with a VIP entrance and a private club in the arena.Tickets to Billy Joel’s show on April 5th can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com Friday, October 14th, with a pre-sale for American Express holders starting on Thursday the 13th.In honor of the venue’s reopening, check out a few clips from a few of the many classic concerts that took place at the old Nassau Coliseum. Included below are full sets from Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and the Grateful Dead, with some Billy Joel and Phish thrown in there for good measure. Welcome back Nassau Coliseum! [Story via Newsday // Photo via Billboard.com]
Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., along with several fellow representatives, sent a letter Wednesday to the Department of Defense urging the department to exempt credit unions from the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act.“It has come to my attention that the July 2015 amendments have caused numerous financial institutions to eliminate products and services, many of which have been relied on by servicemembers and their families,” the letter states. “Of great concern, I have heard from credit unions that they are being forced to cut back on, or eliminate, products that help find solutions for credit for servicemembers and their families that may have few, or much worse, other options.”The letter acknowledges that while the MLA changes “have proven effective in broadening the scope of products and services targeted by … lenders, it has also had the unintended effect of creating barriers for good actors seeking to serve the military with highly regulated and safe products and services. Particularly, I am concerned about the unintended consequences on the thousands of credit unions, serving 110 million consumers including servicemembers.” continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
After previously planning to retire in the wake of several athletic department scandals, University of Maryland president Wallace Loh reversed course Wednesday, announcing that he would serve in his role for the 2019-20 academic year before stepping down. “For eight years, I have been honored to serve the state’s flagship institution as the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni have propelled Maryland to new heights,” Loh said in a statement provided to The Diamondback, Maryland’s independent student newspaper. “The (UMD board of regents) discussed with me having a smooth transition of leadership, and we mutually agreed upon a retirement date of June 2020. With all of Maryland’s supporters, I look forward to what we will accomplish together.” MORE: A timeline of the events that led to Jordan McNair’s death Loh has been sharply criticized for overseeing an athletic department racked by claims of improper conduct. An independent report released Sept. 21, 2018, found Maryland trainers mishandled the care of football player Jordan McNair, who died of heatstroke suffered at a team workout last summer. A separate independent commission report released in October outlined instances of verbal abuse from coaches toward football players and found Loh should bear “some responsibility” for ongoing athletic department dysfunction. Loh reportedly wanted to fire former football coach DJ Durkin immediately after the October report, but the school’s board of regents wanted to keep Durkin and made it clear to Loh he needed to reinstate the coach in order to keep his own job. (The regents only have the power to dismiss Loh; all other personnel decisions are delegated to Loh). Rather than taking a stand against the regents, Loh followed the board’s recommendation before changing his mind the next day under public criticism and dismissing Durkin. Soon after, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor and prominent Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt called for Loh to leave immediately rather than delay his announced retirement until this summer. “It seems like everyone went into cover-your-own-ass mode and the worst type of crab-in-a-bucket behavior imaginable,” Van Pelt said on the network. “My question is, given their roles in this, how can Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans remain? It feels as if there has to be a complete cultural reset.” The university’s provost and every academic dean signed a letter dated Nov. 1 asking Loh to not retire and instead continue his presidency indefinitely.