The splashy new 19,000-seat Barclays Center opened in September 2012 and brought with it the Brooklyn Nets, the borough's first major pro sports team since the Dodgers left in 1957. Besides the NBA, the venue hosts concerts by superstars such as Rihanna and (part owner) Jay-Z, sports tourneys including the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship and family-friendly events like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
|Venue name:||Barclays Center||Contact:|
620 Atlantic Ave
|Cross street:||at Flatbush Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave–Barclays Ctr|
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Barclay's Center is a brand new area within NYC that houses not one but two professional sports team. Both the Brooklyn Nets and the NY Islanders now call this stadium home. I have only seen hockey games here thus far, so I can not comment on how concerts and basketball events are. For hockey, its a solution for the NY Islanders who were in search of a New York home. The sound and sights of the stadium are impressive. The food selection has many options outside of the basic stadium fare. The seating is decent, although there is that issue on the far end of the stadium where you are unable to see the goaltender. Luxury boxes are nice and the seating in the center is good, but quite steep towards the top. The black seats and the black cup holders make it challenging to walk the rows, as you can not see the holders. Getting to the arena is best via subway or LIRR. Traffic post game seems insane, so either wait a bit or take the trains.
What's not to love about the Barclays. Easy access on the subway and if you're willing to walk past the first wave of sports bars and pizza joints there are amazing restaurants a few blocks over on the edge of the Slope. The arena itself is up-to-date and modern, even if they pack you in (to the cheap seats at each). Decent food and drink options too. Now we just need the Islanders and Nets to start cleaning up.
I think I've done it all at Barclays. Concerts, basketball, hockey, beer event, etc. Every time I visit, I have a great time! Even though I live on the Upper East Side, it's easy to get to and from the venue with just about every train line stopping at the Atlantic stop. The venue has amazing food and beer selections. Also, not to knock on it's older, more popular neighbor, MSG, attending an event here is much more affordable. I look forward to making many more amazing memories at Barclays over the years!