As a Brooklyn girl, Atlantic Avenue has been part of my entire life. Most of us watched the arena go up over several long months. Today was the first unveiling and it is stellar! The press was given a sneak peek today at this new feather in New York’s cap.When you see parts of your neighborhood change, protests and closures of familiar haunts you do feel slighted. The stadium was literally a hot topic for many who lived in the borough. I have to say it has been well worth the wait.
Travel to the stadium is real simple. Most Brooklynites were annoyed by the change in the Atlantic Avenue signs.The trains started announcing “Barclay’s station next stop.” in early Spring.Most of us just sucked our teeth and rolled our eyes at this announcement. We couldn’t imagine why anyone would care to rename our major hub. When the signs showed up to most of our annoyances.
If you know anything about Brooklyn natives, we despise renaming. Albee Square is still Albee Square and it’s been closed for over 20 years. Transportation getting to it is real simple. The entrance is literally right there when you come up. With two escalators, an elevator and five stair cases to go with an ample number of turnstiles, post-game subway riders will find it easy to get from the arena on their trains of 2.3,4,5, D, N,Q,R and LIRR.
Opening on September 28, 2012, Barclays Center will showcase the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Barclays Center serves as the new home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed for a modern multi-purpose arena. Approximately 18,000 seats with unparalleled sightlines are ready to welcome sports fans to the action and audiences of up to 19,000 can be accommodated for musical performances. Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z has sold out eight shows that launch Barclay Center’s inaugural season—already packed with world-class talent such as Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, the Who, Bob Dylan, John Legend, Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Journey, Rush, Leonard Cohen and Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes, among others. The arena’s 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs and the newest location of Jay-Z’s 40/40 CLUB.
Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc., a new company established by Mikhail Prokhorov, closed on the agreement for the purchase of an 80% stake in the capital of the Nets basketball club and a 45% share in the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn on May 12, 2010. Uniquely enough there will be access to see what is happening at the arena. They created Barclay’s Center Tv. Which you can view at: http://www.barclayscenter.com/bctv/