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Billy Joel to play first show at renovated Nassau Coliseum

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Billy Joel is set to play the first show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum when it reopens next year, according to the artist’s website.

His April 5, 2017 performance will be the first at the venue since the Coliseum has undergone a massive renovation in the past year. It will be his 33rd show at the Coliseum.

Joel, a Long Island native, performed the final show at the Coliseum before renovations began in August 2015.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and start at $49.50.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public on Thursday while supplies last.

Joel sold out nine shows at the Coliseum in 1998, setting the record for the most sellouts at the venue in one year, according to his website.  A banner will continue to hang in the Coliseum in honor of Joel’s success.

“Billy Joel is an international icon and a New York treasure, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the Nassau Coliseum to showcase the very best of Long Island,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.

The Coliseum opened in 1972 and the renovations will allow for a variety of events like concerts, sporting events and family shows. Renovations will allow for a capacity of 14,500 for concerts, 13,500 for basketball games and 13,000 for hockey games and create a flexible system for adding seats and reconfiguring the layout for different events, according to a news release.