I was excited to see the progress of the new Barclays Center basketball arena today, that is under construction in Brooklyn, New York. The arena is intended to serve as the new home for the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets, currently based at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The team will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets starting with the arena's expected opening season of 2012–13.This move would mark the return of major league sports to Brooklyn, which has been absent since the departure of the beloved Dodgers baseball team that moved to Los Angeles in 1957.
Located at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, the Barclays Center is in close proximity to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum. It is within easy walking distance from several neighborhoods, such as Park Slope and Fort Greene
The Barclays Center is also located on top of one of the largest public transit hubs in New York, with many subway and bus lines and the Long Island Railroad in close proximity.
I am excited to know that I'll soon be able to see not only basketball games, so close to home, but I'll also have the
opportunity to see other world class entertainers such as Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's upcoming December performance. With approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant, the Barclays Center will certainly be a wonderful asset for Brooklyn entertainment!