The Doors Are Open In Brooklyn

BROOKLYN – It’s been nine long years since Bruce Ratner presented his idea for an arena in Brooklyn to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. So you’ll excuse Ratner if he was so excited that he repeated his opening line at Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to express how important this was for him.

“We are finally here to celebrate the grand opening of the Barclays Center arena,” Ratner said, and then said again. Then the lights came on and the long-awaited Barclays Center was there.

There’s no doubt that this was Ratner’s day, but the star of the show was the Brooklyn Nets’ new home. It’s much better located than the old Izod Center in East Rutherford, with 11 subway lines and the Long Island railroad stopping right outside. It’s much more permanent than their stopover in Newark. And it may be the best building in the NBA.

There are some that will certainly have issues with the rusted exterior. But because the floor is below street level, the building doesn’t dominate the neighborhood vertically. And once fans are inside, they can’t help but to be impressed.

The open concourse and luxury suites are pretty standard for modern arenas. The real signature of this building will be the large atrium at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush, which takes fans right up to the arena bowl at the top of the lower level. From there, you can check on the game before you make your way to your seat.

The bowl itself is vertical, giving the arena an intimate feel. It’s a far cry from the cavernous Meadowlands that the Nets used to call home. And if crowds can help a home team win basketball games, this one certainly will.

The Nets needed a good team to bring to their new arena. And clearly, their new arena played a part in bringing the players — starting with Deron Williams – that will make up a pretty good team. Now, they’re less than six weeks away from opening night against the Knicks.

The doors are open. Brooklyn has its team. And the Nets have a place they can be proud to call home.

19 Comments

  1. Nets big three d will,Joe Johnson and gerlaid Wallace

  2. lbj says:

    Brooklyn Nets will trade deron williams To mario chalmers and draft pks

  3. Vic says:

    Hellooooo Brooklyn …. And so it begins

  4. PSYCHO says:

    HEAT ALL THE WAY

  5. Owenhart says:

    If Brook Lopez shows improvement in DEF.. Nets will be at ECF… :-)

  6. silver n black says:

    man talking about ripping off the spurs colors

  7. Nets Fan says:

    The nets will finish the season 5th in the east.

  8. manuel says:

    some people if they cant get any knicks tickets get nets tickets just as bad

  9. charlie says:

    can’t wait to watch the KNICKS vs BROOKLYN NETS!!!

  10. Edward says:

    Very nice, very good for Brooklyn. Welcome to New York, now the Knicks haters have someone to cheer for, but this still Knicks town around here.

  11. tolulope paul says:

    awesome

  12. ndog says:

    DAMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!