Long Island Arena

Long Island Arena
Long Island Arena
Location Commack, New York
Built 1956-1959
Opened 1959
Closed 1996
Surface Ice

4,000 (Ice hockey)

6,500 (Basketball)[1]
Long Island Ducks (EHL)
New York Tapers (ABL)
New York Nets (ABA)
Long Island Cougars (NAHL)
Long Island Ducks (EBA)

Long Island Arena (also commonly known as the Commack Arena) was a 4,000-seat indoor arena in Commack, New York from 1959 until 1996. The Long Island Ducks of the Eastern Hockey League, a popular team in the small community, called the Arena home from 1959 until the league folded in 1973, one year after the New York Islanders came into existence.[2][3] The Long Island Cougars (an affiliate of the WHA's Chicago Cougars) also played at the Long Island Arena from 1973 through 1975.[4]

From 1968-1969, the Commack Arena briefly served as the home of the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. Before the team's move to Long Island, the then-New Jersey Americans had scheduled a game against the Kentucky Colonels at the Commack Arena on March 23, 1968. The Americans and Colonels were tied in the standings, and a "play-in" game to determine who would qualify for the playoffs. The Americans were forced to move the game at the last minute because their normal home, the Teaneck Armory, was booked with the circus. However, when the Colonels and Americans arrived at the arena, they found the court full of holes and laden with condensation from a Ducks hockey game the previous night. The court was also unstable. The Colonels refused to take the court under these conditions. The league ruled that the Americans had failed to provide acceptable facilities and forfeited the game to the Colonels, 2-0.[5][6] The Long Island Ducks of the Eastern Basketball Association also spent one season playing at Long Island Arena during 1977-1978.[7]

Along with hockey and basketball, the Long Island Arena was used for ice skating, the circus, the Suffolk County Fair and concerts.

Peter Frampton recorded part of his 6x platinum double album, Frampton Comes Alive, at the arena.

Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy made a visit to the arena on November 6, 1960 while campaigning for the presidency.[8]

During the 1980s and 1990s, the Long Island Arena housed a large, indoor flea market until the facility closed on July 31, 1996.[9] A shopping center, consisting of Sports Authority, Borders bookstore, King Kullen, and Target, now stands on the former site of the arena, which was located on the south side of Veterans Highway just west of the Sunken Meadow State Parkway.


  1. ^ Hassan, John (1997). The 1998 ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac. New York: Hyperion Press. p. 552. ISBN 0786882964. 
  2. ^ Teaford, Elliott (October 3, 1993). "Mighty Ducks '93-94: Premiere Season". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1993-10-03/news/ss-42595_1_long-island-ducks. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ Levin, Dan (March 31, 1969). "If You Like Hockey, Basketball And Fierce Fighting Fans, Go Out To Commack, L.I.". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1082250/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  4. ^ Gold, Eli; Roberts, M.B. (2009). From Peanuts to the Pressbox. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. p. 67. ISBN 1401604366. 
  5. ^ "American's Playoff Game in Commack Is Called Off". The New York Times. March 24, 1968. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0D10FE3A5910738DDDAD0A94DB405B888AF1D3. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  6. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (June 3, 2003). "Twenty-Five Years Later, Boe Makes Up for Mistake". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2003/story?id=1562700. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Life Is Grim in the Boondocks of Basketball". The New York Times. February 1, 1978. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50C1FFC3C5413728DDDA80894DA405B888BF1D3. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Kennedy to Attend a Rally in Suffolk". The New York Times. November 6, 1960. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00C17F6355513738DDDAF0894D9415B808AF1D3. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  9. ^ Hernandez, Carol (July 14, 1996). "Vendors Say Goodbye to the Arena". Newsday (Long Island). 

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Preceded by
Teaneck Armory
Home of the
New York Nets

1968 – 1969
Succeeded by
Island Garden

Coordinates: 40°50′18″N 73°17′0″W / 40.83833°N 73.283333°W / 40.83833; -73.283333

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