Judge says Islanders must play at Coliseum

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The New York Islanders must return to Nassau Coliseum after a judge finds it safe. State Supreme Court Judge Burton Joseph granted Nassau County's request for a preliminary injunction preventing the team from playing home games at any location other than the Coliseum.

The ruling came after an independent inspection, paid by the NHL, deemed the building safe.

The Islanders moved there offices away from the Coliseum and sued SMG, the company that leases the Coliseum from Nassau County, claiming the arena was unsafe for public.

The team claimed victory even they were ordered back to the Coliseum.

"This ruling reflects the simple fact that for the first time in years, the doors to this building were pried open to safety inspectors, abuses were found and they're being remedied so that fans and players can come here in safety," said David Seldin, president of New York Sports Ventures, which owns the team.

Seldin said that the Isles will continue to pursue the lawsuit against SMG. The team is seeking at least $10 million in damages and a release from the lease, which runs through 2015.

"It is our position that we have no lease," Seldin said.

The Isles canceled an exhibition game against the New Jersey Devils, but will continue to play games on the preseason schedule at the Coliseum. Sunday's game against the Washington Capitals will be free for season ticket holders and $10 for all other seats.

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