Did you know that New York City is getting a new sports team? No, the Mets haven’t decided to give up and start over; Brooklyn’s getting a basketball team. Thanks to the ambitions of ridiculously entertaining Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov and everyone’s favorite baby daddy Jay-Z, the New Jersey Nets are coming through the Holland Tunnel to a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium for the team to play in. We’ve got 99 problems, but an arena ain’t one.
This week, NYULocal went down to the building site on the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues to check out how construction was going. Since construction began on March 11th, 2010, the building is actually starting to look like a stadium. In our extremely amateur architectural opinion, the grand opening date of September 28th, 2012 seems like an achievable goal. Check out these photos of the construction. A special thanks to my boy Marcus down at the construction site, who was so benevolent to text us these exclusive interior photographs.
No one should be more ecstatic about the Brooklyn coliseum than NYU students. RAs will be scrambling to snatch tickets up for floor events, and Ticket Central will be plugging discount tickets constantly through the 2012-13 school year. Not only that, Barclays Center will be NYU’s most accessible professional sportsplex in New York City. The trek to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium make baseball games even less worthwhile, trying to work around through the exorbitant ticket prices overwhelming crowds of Madison Square Garden is barely excusable, and there is no way anyone is going to New Jersey for anything.
You’ve never attended a game with less getting-there stress before, especially for us inhabitants of the Lower East side. While making it to Brooklyn usually requires a sacrifice to the L Train gods for prompt delivery, the stadium is a haven of public transportation. The Atlantic-Pacific subway stop, which is only a block away from the stadium, services nine different lines (2/3, 4/5, B/D, and N/Q/R) and connects into an LIRR station. As the website boasts, Barclays Center is only “18 minutes from Penn Station, and 20 minutes from Times Square or Grand Central Station.”
Most importantly, the Brooklyn location and the possibilities of spotting HOVA, Beyoncé, or their messianic child will finally give NYU students with secret sports addictions good excuses to see a game or two.
Photos by Tyanna Lazauskas and Eric Silver.