Long Island Arena

Long Island Arena

Photo by Robert Saal

Hockey, basketball, skating, the circus, the Suffolk County Fair and some great rock concerts all took place here. The arena wasn't too pretty, but we were lucky to have it in our town.

The Long Island Arena was always the right name, but to this day it's down as the Commack Arena, in the archived records of some bands and teams.

JFK's appearance at the arena was a very exciting event for Commack. It was a different era and having him in our town was a pretty much non-partisan thrill, even though he was only running for office at the time.

This is an aerial view of the stretch of Veterans highway where the Arena once sat. It's King Kullen Plaza now, with a Borders, Target, Homeplace, a restaurant and just about every other kind of store. The only Hot Tuna you'll find there now is likely to be of the grilled variety. It also emcompasses what was once the Commack Drive-In.

Long Island Arena

New Jersey Americans / New York Nets / New Jersey Nets / Brooklyn Nets

Teaneck
Armory

Teaneck Armory

1967-1968
Long Island
Arena

Long Island Arena

1968-1969
Island Garden
Arena

Island Garden Arena

1969-1971
Nassau Veterans
Memorial Coliseum

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

1971-1977
Rutgers
Athletic Center

Rutgers Athletic Center

1977-1981
Izod
Center

Izod Center

1981-2010
Prudential
Center

Prudential Center

2010-2012
Barclays
Center

Barclays Center

2012-Present



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