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COURT ORDERS INSPECTION OF NASSAU COLISEUM

The National Hockey League will hire engineers to conduct a safety inspection of the Nassau Coliseum, which the New York Islanders maintain is unsafe.

State Supreme Court Justice Burton Joseph ruled Wednesday that an engineering firm hired by the NHL should conduct a safety inspection of the 26-year-old Coliseum today.

"We're going to do everything possible to make sure that the team plays here," said Bill Daly, senior vice president of legal affairs for the NHL. "But there are safety concerns that have been raised and we have a duty to our club and to our fans to make sure that those safety concerns are addressed."

The Islanders have filed a federal lawsuit against the company that manages the Coliseum, saying the arena was unsafe.

The NHL team is seeking at least $10 million in damages and a release from its lease. The team also closed its Nassau County offices and moved to Manhattan.

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