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Marshall: Excitement finds a new home at Belmont

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What do Disney on Ice, Monday Night Raw, Monster Jam and a New York Islanders home opener have in common?

Fans will once again get the chance to catch all of them on Long Island. But they’ll have to travel to the UBS Arena at Belmont Park.

As for that facility in Uniondale? The one long promised to be Long Island’s premier entertainment destination? The one that once annually housed such beloved events and more?

It remains dark.

For more than 40 years, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum saw tremendous highs — Dr. J’s stellar championship-winning basketball, the Islanders’ Stanley Cup four-peat, and performances by Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Queen, Britney Spears, Pink Floyd and, of course, Billy Joel.

But especially in later years, the arena also was beset by disappointing lows. Effort after effort to replace or improve the Barn failed. Even a minimal renovation giving it a new coat of paint inside and a........

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