Save the date! Barclays Center to open on Sept. 28, 2012

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After years of false starts, economic malaise, local protests, lawsuits and atrocious basketball, New Jersey Nets officials finally unveiled some positive team news on Monday: The Barclays Center will be open on Sept. 28, 2012.

The grand opening of the $1-billion arena now under construction at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues will launch three weeks of concerts and events, according to Brett Yormark, the Nets chief executive officer, who led nattily attired team executives, the media, and Nets power forward Kris Humphries through the mud for a tour of the work site.

“It’s all coming together,” he said.

The grand opening will be preceded by public events and tours to introduce Brooklyn to the arena before the Nets 2012-13 season begins.

“The community will sample it first,” Yormark said, adding that construction is proceeding on schedule, with about 70 percent of the foundation done and 30 percent of the steel in place.

The building’s façade, designed by SHoP Architects, will be put in place beginning in July, and the roof would be set down the end of the year, added Linda Chiarelli, the deputy director of construction at Forest City Ratner Companies, the developer of the Atlantic Yards mega-project, which includes the new Nets home.

Nets tickets went on sale last week, another tangible sign that the arena will be a reality.

That’s good news for players, who said they are eager to win the borough’s loyalty.

“We want to have the best home court advantage in the league,” Humphries said before spinning a basketball on his index finger on the rubble-strewn spot that will one day be center court. “We are expecting to sell out form Day One.”

Humphries, a Minnesota native, said he’s yet to really hang out in Brooklyn, but plans to “explore it a little bit.”

Still, he offered a bit of advice to critics worried about traffic snarls once the arena opens.

“Just come to the game and you’ll be a part of the excitement,” he said. “You don’t want to be walking down the street and see everyone coming from the game — you want to come to the game and hopefully be a part of a great victory and a lot of excitement.”

Brook Lopez, the Nets superstar center, was scheduled to join Humphries for the tour, but did not show. Barry Baum, a team spokesman, said the big man “was delayed.”

Workers predicted that the arena would blow Brooklyn away.

”Its an absolute gem,” said Paul Wilson, general superintendent with Hunt Construction Group, which is performing the work. “It’s a gorgeous building.”

But building in a dense urban environment has been a challenge — particularly maneuvering the massive equipment to the site. “It’s tight along Flatbush Avenue,” he observed.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

common sense from bay ridge says:
Good news. Now let's get the Islanders to Brooklyn, and then bring back MLB to it's birthplace..
April 5, 2011, 8:14 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
let the gridlock begin!
April 5, 2011, 9:54 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Kris H. looks a little apprehensive...maybe cuz he knows he'll be traded long before the Nets make it to Brooklyn.
April 5, 2011, 9:55 am
Jim from Park Slope says:
Joey from Clinton Hill. You don't drive much on Flatbush do you? The gridlock began YEARS ago. I'm not too sure how much worse it can get!
April 5, 2011, 10:08 am
Steve Nitwitt from Sheepshead Bay says:
Where's Norm's hard hat? Did they not have one big enough for his head?
April 5, 2011, 3:39 pm
Mark from Chelsea says:
common sense...they arena isn't large enough for NHL hockey so don't expect to see the Islanders playing there...ever.
April 5, 2011, 4:11 pm
bob from new jersey says:
When the rubles get doled out for a second star, Deron Williams having been re-signed in the process, you will love the Nets in the new arena.
April 5, 2011, 4:29 pm
DStyles from Sunset Park says:
I'll be there for every home game. A 15 minute train ride from where I live. Hopefully the Dodgers come back home to where they belong.
April 5, 2011, 5:55 pm
Bee from Crown Heights says:
Cant wait,Im only about 3 subway stops on the 4 train from the arena. However, if they want to be different from Madison Square Garden and embrace the true legacy of Brooklyn sports history by honoring the Dodgers and Ebbets Field, I HOPE that they make the tickets affordable for the working class people of Brooklyn.
April 6, 2011, 2:35 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I still think that it can be stopped. The fight isn't over just yet. There is still the fact that judge can rule a stay on construction if the findings are wrong. There is also a possible strike from the construction workers could go on strike stopping all current construction in the claim that prefab architecture will take away their jobs. Another can be due to high costs. In other words, it can still be stopped despite all progress.
April 6, 2011, 8:11 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
@Tal: The fight was over the day Dan Goldstein cashed his check from Ratner.
April 7, 2011, 8:55 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Common sense, the last time I checked, he is still in the fight. Just because he is not living there anymore, doesn't mean that he gave up. Keep in mind that he signed no gag order, so he can still continue the fight if he chooses to, which is he is right now. One other thing I forgot to mention was the fact that there is also the EB-5 Program that Oder has been covering extensively when the rest of the media barely touched it, and if caught, it can be a big scandal and Ratner could be arrested, but he will probably have someone take the fall for him to save himself.
April 7, 2011, 7:10 pm
judahspechal from bed-stuy says:
DDDB & Goldstein says: money, money changes everything!!
April 8, 2011, 8:52 am
Ian from Brooklyn says:
I can't wait for my tax $$ to fund a private developer!!

Oh wait, too late.
April 8, 2011, 12:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have actually met with them not that long ago, and they have never said that they were stopping this fight anytime soon.
April 9, 2011, 9:28 pm
Joe from Brooklyn Heights says:
Let's make a stadium for the Dodgers and bring them back!!!!!!
April 19, 2011, 11:04 am
Diddly from Ditmas Park says:
Hope the arena isn't ugly or worse, bland. Speaking of bland, how is it that the "sculpture" in the new LIRR terminal on Flatbush is made of the same granite as its walkways?
April 25, 2011, 12:56 am
Steve Nitwitt's conscience says:
Sorry about that. I'm kinda chicken, so I sound like a jerk.
July 16, 2011, 6:45 am

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