Bruce Ratner: ‘We’re good at getting it done’
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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.
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.”