Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Barclays Center--Basketball is Coming To Brooklyn!




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!



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23 comments:

Sarah said...

How nice this new facility will be close by for games and concerts.

Ginny said...

Wow, this is exciting!! All of these new stadiums seem to look like spaceships...not that there's anything wrong with that!

Pondside said...

Will you have tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concert? What a treat that would be!

Paula's Postings said...

Nice to see sport returning to Brooklyn. Hope you get to see the concert.

diane b said...

It sounds an exciting building. Somewhere else to have lunch or dinner.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Looks like a great things are happening in Brooklyn.

We got a nice new world class facility a few years ago here in Tulsa and it has definitely made a difference in our life. Lots of concerts that we didn't used to get. The tea partiers are still muttering about it though.

The Gathering Place said...

Sport arenas are nice cultural centers, too. I would be in heaven if I had tickets to see Andrea Bocelli! How lucky for you.

By the way, I gave my hairdresser your blog address. She visits New York quite often and LOVES the city.

Thanks!

Old Kitty said...

Hooray for big stadiums!!

Oh you are so luck to be going to seeing Andrea Bocelli! Wow - something nice to look forward too (apart from The Wedding!).

Take care
x

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

This is exciting news for NY basketball fans. We have spent many nights watching the Knicks on tv. And I wonder if the Giants will ever come back to NY? I kept thinking during the Super Bowl this year that they are really the NJ Giants now, but no one besides me seems to notice that! Linda

Mila said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!
Greetings from Tuscany!
Mila :)

pam said...

A new facility will open the doors to so many wonderful events in your future. I've never seen an NBA game but we love college basketball. Kansas City has the new Sprint Center and while we have no pro BB team the concerts that now come here are so wonderful.

Theanne said...

fantastic for you and Brooklyn Pat!

Riet said...

It is wonderful to see things grow and know that a whole new world will begin here with sports but also concerts like by Andrea Botticelli. Did you get tickets for the concert? Lucky you, he is so fantastic.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Boo hoo Pat. Your gain is our loss. I am sorry to see the team leave New Jersey. I remember covering this story for Reuters when it was announced years ago. Is Ratner still involved in this? They gave us all canvas goodie bags with B-Ball painted on the side, and Brooklyn stuff inside including a Junior's cheesecake. That was worth it - and I still use the bag.

Sheila said...

Brooklyn sounds like such a vibrant place. I would be excited too at the prospect of seeing Basketball in such an amazing venue...and hearing Andrea Bocelli live won,d be a dream come true.

Linda said...

Pretty exciting! I'm not a basketball fan...but the concerts sound wonderful...I love Andrea Bocelli!!

podso said...

It sounds like just plain fun--from the basketball games to Bocelli --can't beat it!

nanny said...

That is so exciting. I know you for one will enjoy the center and share it all with us.

We're going to CA. in April and I have been reading all of your posts when you went. We are flying to SF and then driving North for a few days. Can't wait!

Carol said...

Glad the Nets are coming back to NY! I remember going to games when they played on Long Island. Dr J and Rick Barry!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations to Brooklyn! Major league sports are so exciting and to have a team of your own to cheer for will be so much fun.

Michelle said...

Very nice! I admit that I do sometimes miss this type of convenience of living in the city.

Yvette said...

I am SO jealous!! We used to have season tickets for the Nets once upon a time. But to be so close and within walking distance of museums and such. WOW!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What?? Why wasn't I told? I had no idea the NJ Nets were moving to New York and being renamed? I think we should rename the football teams the New Jersey Giants and the New Jersey Jets. I'm still a Jersey girl at heart. :)