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East Williamsburg Alt Rock Venue Shea Stadium Closes Doors, Owners Say

By Gwynne Hogan | March 10, 2017 5:40pm | Updated on March 13, 2017 9:49am
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Shea Stadium has to close while dealing with "permitting issues," its owners said on Facebook.
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — Alternative music venue Shea Stadium, which has hosted touring bands and local acts for the last eight years, have been forced to shut their doors while dealing with unspecified permitting issues, according to the venue's owners who blamed "increasing pressure from the local authorities."

"It's no longer sustainable for us to continue to operate the way we have over the past 8 years," the owners wrote in a statement on their Facebook page Thursday. They did not elaborate and did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

"Though steps are being taken to acquire the necessary permits to secure both the short and long term future of Shea, it's become increasingly clear that we won't be able to keep having shows in the meantime," they wrote.

It's unclear what permits the owners are referring to.

The State's Liquor Authority — who have no record of a liquor license at the 20 Meadow St. venue, according to their online database — didn't respond to a request for comment immediately.

The building has no open building code violations, according to city records.

Shea Stadium's upcoming shows have been pushed to other nearby venues like Our Wicked Lady, Gold Sounds, the Silent Barn and Union Pool.

SPIN first reported the venue's closure.