Barclays Center

Barclays Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The arena is part of a $4.9 billion future business and residential complex now known as Pacific Park.[7] The site is at Atlantic Avenue, next to the renamed Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center subway station on the 2, ​3, ​4, ​5​, B, ​D, ​N, ​Q​, R and ​W​ routes, as well as directly above the LIRR's Atlantic Terminal.

The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association, and is also one of the home arenas for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (the other is Nassau Coliseum).[8][9] The arena also hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. It competes with other facilities in the New York metropolitan area, including Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Prudential Center in Newark.

The arena, proposed in 2004 when real estate developer Bruce Ratner purchased the Nets for $300 million as the first step of the process to build a new home for the team,[10] experienced significant hurdles during its development. Its use of eminent domain and its potential environmental impact[11] brought community resistance, especially as residential buildings and businesses such as the Ward Bakery were to be demolished and large amounts of public subsidies were used, which led to multiple lawsuits. The global recession of 2009 also caused financing for the project to dry up. As a result, construction was delayed until 2010, with no secure funding for the project having been allotted. Groundbreaking for construction occurred on March 11, 2010, and the arena opened on September 21, 2012, which was also attended by some 200 protesters.[4] It held its first event with a Jay-Z concert on September 28, 2012.[4][12] The arena and the Brooklyn Nets are owned by Mikhail Prokhorov's American holdings.

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The western entrance of Barclays Center from the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
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Address620 Atlantic Avenue
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Coordinates40°40′57.58″N 73°58′30.81″W / 40.6826611°N 73.9752250°W
Public transit
OwnerBrooklyn Events Center, LLC, (joint venture between Forest City Enterprises and ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment)[1][2]
OperatorBrooklyn Sports & Entertainment
CapacityBasketball: 17,732
Ice hockey: 15,795
Concerts: 17,000[3]
Boxing/wrestling/MMA: 16,000
Construction
Broke groundMarch 11, 2010[4]
OpenedSeptember 21, 2012
Construction costUS$ 1 billion [3]
($1.09 billion in 2018 dollars[5])
ArchitectAECOM (Ellerbe Becket)
SHoP Architects
Project managerForest City Ratner Companies
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerWSP Flack + Kurtz
General contractorHunt Construction Group[6]
Tenants
Brooklyn Nets (NBA) (2012–present)
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (NCAA) (2012–present; alternate)
New York Islanders (NHL) (2015–present)
Long Island Nets (NBA D-League) (2016–2017)
Website
www.barclayscenter.com

History

The arena was conceived by Bruce Ratner of real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, the New York division of Forest City Enterprises that Ratner founded. He acquired the New Jersey Nets basketball team in 2004 for $300 million[11] (he has since sold most of his shares to continue funding the project) for the purpose of moving them to the Pacific Park development on Brooklyn's Prospect Heights play in the arena that would be the centerpiece of the Pacific Park commercial and residential redevelopment project.[10] The move had marked the return of major league sports to Brooklyn, which had been absent since the departure of the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1957. Coincidentally, the original proposal for a domed stadium for the Brooklyn Dodgers was just north of the Pacific Park Brooklyn site, where the Atlantic Terminal Mall, also owned by Forest City Ratner Companies, is located.

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Barclays Center during construction June 19, 2011.[13]

The arena was initially projected to open in 2006, with the rest of the Pacific Park Brooklyn complex to follow. However, controversies involving local residents, the use of eminent domain, potential environmental impact, lack of continued public financing, as well as a major economic downturn delayed the project.[14] Due to these legal and financial troubles, the development deal seemed headed towards failure or collapse.[15] Frank Gehry, an architect involved in the project's initial designs said, in March 2009, "I don't think it is going to happen,"[11] and Ratner at one point explored selling the team.[16] The New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ratner on May 16, 2009. Opponents appealed the court decision. A hearing for the appeal was scheduled for October 14, 2009, with a decision to be issued no sooner than November 25.[17]

Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov agreed to a $200 million deal on September 23, 2009, to become a principal owner of the Nets and a key investor in the Brooklyn arena.

The Nets played two preseason games at Prudential Center in October 2009.[18] The two preseason games were successful, and a deal that would have the Nets play at the Prudential Center for the 2010–11 and 2011–12 NBA seasons became more likely. Negotiations nearly fell apart, when the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority refused to release the Nets from their lease at Izod.[19] Negotiations resumed, and on February 18, 2010, the Nets finalized a deal that would move them to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey until Barclays Center opened.

The New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state using eminent domain for the project on November 24, 2009. Empire State Development Corporation Vice President Warner Johnston indicated that the agency is committed to seeing the project completed and said "we can now move forward with development."[20]

Another potential roadblock to this development resulted from the Appellate Court's negative decision regarding a similar eminent domain case, brought against Columbia University.[21] This landmark case could have given new life to the case being brought by the community group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB).

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February 2012, just seven months before construction was finished

However, on March 1, 2010, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Abraham Gerges struck down a challenge by property owners, regarding the state's use of eminent domain, which allowed the private property to be condemned. Groundbreaking for the project occurred on March 11, 2010.[4]

The first concrete was poured into Barclays Center's foundation on June 29, 2010.[22] The arena began vertical construction on November 23, 2010, with the erection of the first steel piece.[23] The arena topped out on January 12, 2012, and was opened to the public on September 21, 2012.

Barclays Bank agreed to a 20-year naming rights agreement for $400 million in 2007. However, 2 years later, due to the slump in the economy the deal was renegotiated to $200 million.[24]

The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL) announced on October 24, 2012, that the franchise would move to Barclays Center in 2015 after the expiration of their lease at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which the team has called home since its inception in 1972. The deal did not require the involvement of the New York Rangers, as the Islanders' agreement with the Rangers to share the New York area allows them to play their home games anywhere on Long Island, including the two city boroughs on the island, Brooklyn and Queens.[25] While Barclays Center was conceived as a multipurpose arena that could accommodate the Nets and an NHL team, it was built mainly for basketball. While it can accommodate an NHL-size rink, the scoreboard was off-centered above the blue line that is closer to the arena's southeast end. Capacity for hockey is 15,795, the second-smallest in the league (behind Winnipeg's MTS Centre). The seating arrangement for hockey is asymmetrical. There are only three rows of permanent seating on the northwest end of the arena, and at least 416 seats will not be sold at all due to poor sight lines.[26] As a result of the signing of the lease, the two KHL games scheduled to be played in the arena on January 20 and 21, 2013 between Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg were moved back to their teams' home venues. As part of the deal, the management of the Barclays Center took over the business operations of the Islanders when the team moved to Brooklyn, though Charles Wang remained principal owner and continued to oversee hockey operations.[27] This arrangement continued after Wang sold controlling interest in the Islanders to Jon Ledecky and Scott D. Malkin.

According to Billboard Magazine, Barclays Center passed Madison Square Garden as the highest-grossing venue in the US for concerts and family shows, not counting sports events. That statistic was based on ticket sales between November 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013.[28] On February 24, 2015, an ironworker was killed when four joists fell on him as he was helping to install the arena's green roof.[29]

Poor reception of the arena's quality as a hockey venue affected the Islanders' average attendance in comparison to Nassau Coliseum, which fell to an NHL low of 12,059 (the arena itself is also the second-smallest in the league). The team began to seek an exit from Barclays, although NHL officials judged that the Coliseum (even with its recent renovations) would not be suitable as a full-time venue, as it lacked amenities common in new facilities.[30][31][32] On June 21, 2018, the Islanders announced that they would begin to play a portion of their home schedule at the Nassau Coliseum until the completion of their new Belmont Park Arena project.[33]

Financing

The arena is formally owned by the Brooklyn Arena Local Development Corporation, a public entity. It is leased to private entity Brooklyn Events Center, LLC for $1.00.[2][34] Being publicly owned, the financing of the stadium was eligible for tax-exempt bonds, which were issued in 2009 for a total of $510,999,996.50.[35]

Design

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The Barclays Center oculus, with a view of the LCD screen inside the structure
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Interior view of the Barclays Center during an NBA game

Barclays Center was designed by the architect firm SHoP Architects. Ellerbe Becket/AECOM served as the project Architect of record.

Initial concepts for the area were designed by Frank Gehry, whose design proposed a rooftop park (open only to residents of the Atlantic Yards complex) ringed by an open-air running track and capable of doubling as an ice skating rink in winter with panoramic, year-round views of Manhattan.[3] The famed architect's tallest tower, called Miss Brooklyn at 620 feet, was also part of this plan.[11] Gehry's plans carried a projected cost of $1 billion.[3] Forest City Ratner unveiled a scaled back version of the project on February 2008 reducing Miss Brooklyn's size 40%, and making it 109 feet shorter.[11] Another redesign unveiled just over two months later scrapped Miss Brooklyn entirely, and in January 2009, the developer started "value engineering" the arena design, cutting its budget even more. In September 2009 the Becket/SHoP proposal with a projected cost (initially) of $800 million (ultimately itself revised to $1 billion) was unveiled.[11]

Externally, the arena's shape features three articulated bands with features a glass curtain wall covered by a "latticework" composed of 12,000 preweathered steel panels engineered and constructed by ASI Limited/SHoP Construction[36] meant to evoke the image of Brooklyn's brownstones.[37] A 117-by-56-foot (36 by 17 m) oculus extends over a 5,660-square-foot (526 m2) section of the plaza outside of the main arena entrance with an irregularly shaped display screen looping the interior face of the oculus.[38] The arena floor's location below grade allows people in the plaza to view the scoreboard.[38]

Inside the arena bowl, there are two sports lighting systems: one for the Nets and one for everyone else.[39] The Nets lighting creates a theater-like effect where the court pops like a stage while the rest of the arena goes dark.

Unlike most other urban venues in the US, Barclays Center has no dedicated parking lot; however, it is easily accessible by subway, bus, and railroad.[40] To accommodate entry to the facility, the arena's 38,885-square-foot (3,613 m2) entrance plaza features a $76 million transit connection hub[41] that serves as the plaza's focal point. The transit structure connects with the refurbished Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center subway station, whose renovation was designed by New York City firm Stantec.

The original plan promised indoor room for bicycles but the plan was scrapped before the arena's opening with outdoor racks for 400 bicycles, which were eventually taken away. The Empire State Development corporation also promised spots for 550 cars eventually, next to the arena.[42]

Because of the constrained site, there are only two truck and bus entrances into the building. They consist of two side-by-side 80,000 pounds (36,000 kg) capacity elevators which lower vehicles 35 feet (11 m) below street grade into a loading dock area. Vehicles roll out onto an enormous turntable which rotates them into position opposite one of four loading docks arrayed around the turntable.[43]

Artwork

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Artist José Parla working on the mural Diary of Brooklyn in the Barclays Center

The building features the mural Diary of Brooklyn by painter José Parlá, which measures 10 feet wide and 70 feet tall. According to Parlá, the painting is all about language; the painting contains words and phrases such as "immigration," "Brooklyn is" and "Big Daddy Kane." The piece was commissioned in 2012 and took six months to complete.[44]

Naming rights

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Seen in 2018

On January 18, 2007, it was announced that the arena would be called Barclays Center, after London-based banking group Barclays. It was reported that the banking and financial services company agreed to pay the team $400 million over the next 20 years for the naming rights of their Brooklyn home,[45] eclipsing the previous record for naming rights to an American indoor arena, set by Royal Philips Electronics in 1999, for $185 million over 20 years for Philips Arena in Atlanta. However, the rights were renegotiated by the end of 2009, and are somewhat more than $200 million.[46][47] Barclays does not have any retail banks in the US nor does it have its own ATMs in the arena.[48]

Accessibility and transportation

Barclays Center is located next to Atlantic Terminal, which services the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch. Barclays Center is also accessible via the New York City Subway, via the 2, ​3, ​4, ​5​, B, ​D, ​N, ​Q​, R and ​W​ trains, which stop at Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center.[49]

MTA Regional Bus Operations service is provided by B37, B41, B45, B63, B65, B67, and B103 buses.[50]

Notable events

Basketball

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The Brooklyn Nets playing against the Boston Celtics in 2012

The first NBA basketball game played at the new arena was an NBA preseason game between the Nets and the Washington Wizards on October 15, 2012.[51]

The first regular season NBA game at the Barclays Center took place on November 3, 2012, when the Nets beat the visiting Toronto Raptors 107–100. The originally scheduled season opener home game was supposed to take place on November 1 against now-cross town rivals the New York Knicks, in what was planned to be a historic event; however, the game was canceled by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg due to mass transportation outages and a shortage of available police caused by Hurricane Sandy.[52]

The venue hosted the NBA Draft starting with the 2013 NBA draft on June 27, 2013[53] and will remain as the host for the 2017 NBA Draft. In addition to that, they have also hosted the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on February 13–14, 2015.

Barclays Center was also the home for the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League during the 2016–17 season while the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was being renovated for the 2017–18 season.

College basketball

Since its opening, the center has hosted a number of college basketball events. Kentucky and Maryland signed multi-year agreements to play games at the arena after competing head-to-head in 2012.[54] The arena hosts three early-season basketball tournaments: Barclays Center Classic, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, and Legends Classic.

The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that Barclays Center will be the new home of the conference's men's basketball tournament beginning in 2013.[55] The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that the 2017 and 2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament will be hosted at the Barclays Center. This is a break of tradition from being hosted at the "unofficial" home of the tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina where it is usually held.[56] As part of a three-way agreement with Barclays and the ACC, the A-10 will return its men's basketball championship to the Barclays Center in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

In 2016, Barclays Center hosted games in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament for the first time. Notable moments at the Brooklyn site include a tip-in at the buzzer by Adam Woodbury to lift the Iowa Hawkeyes past Temple in overtime,[57] and 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin's upset win over West Virginia.[58]

Hockey

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The New York Islanders playing against the Washington Capitals in 2016

The Islanders played the first NHL hockey game at Barclays Center in a preseason game on September 21, 2013, losing to the New Jersey Devils 3–0 in front of a crowd of 14,689. The first goal in the arena's history was scored by Jacob Josefson of the New Jersey Devils. An Islanders game was scheduled for the previous preseason but was canceled due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout. The Islanders and Devils played again on September 26, 2014. This time, the Islanders defeated New Jersey 3–2 in a shootout. The first goal in Islanders Brooklyn history was scored in the first period on a power play (and a delayed penalty call) by defenseman Ryan Pulock.

The first regular season game was played on October 9, 2015 against the 2015 Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the game 3–2 in overtime. This was the sixth NHL game at Barclays Center, following five total preseason contests (three in 2015), and one Islanders rookie scrimmage. The first NHL regular season goal scored in the Barclays Center was a shorthanded goal by Artem Anisimov for the Blackhawks in the first period, while John Tavares scored in the second period and was the first Islander to do so.

The first Stanley Cup playoffs game at Barclays Center was held on April 17, 2016, when the Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 4–3 in game three of the first-round series between the two teams. Seven nights later, the arena hosted game 6 of the series, which turned out to be the longest home game in Islanders history. In that game, the Islanders were trailing 1–0 when Tavares scored the game-tying goal with 53.2 seconds left in regulation; he would score the series-clinching goal in double overtime to give the Islanders their first playoff series win since 1993.

Boxing and Mixed martial arts

Several boxing matches have taken place in the arena, including Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah, and Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri. The venue hosted UFC 208 on February 11, 2017 and it hosted UFC 223 on April 7, 2018.

Gymnastics

On November 6, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. [59]

Music

In addition to many concerts from a variety of musical acts, the center hosted the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013, bringing the show to a New York City borough other than Manhattan for the first time.[60]

Professional wrestling

The arena has also hosted many WWE wrestling events since the arena's opening. The first show held at the venue was PPV Tables, Ladders, and Chairs which famously held the first match for The Shield. They would continue to hold several WWE Raw episodes including its 25th anniversary episode in January 2018.[61][62] In August 2015, Barclays Center hosted SummerSlam (which was originally announced for Izod Center before its closure), along with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn the night before and a post-SummerSlam Raw the next day,[63] resulting in three consecutive nights of sellouts. They would continue annual weekend of events for the next three years with the inclusion of a post-SummerSlam SmackDown Live broadcast to the events. [64]

They would hold another weekend of events in April 2019 but this time, it was for Wreslemania 35. This weekend included NXT Takeover: New York, the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, along with special after Wrestlemania editions of Raw and Smackdown.

Esports

In May 2018, Blizzard Entertainment announced the Grand Finals for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League would be held at Barclays Center. The event was held on July 27–28, 2018.[65]

Issues

Legal actions

During its building, the center was the source of a number of controversies involving local residents, the use of eminent domain, potential environmental impact, lack of continued public financing, as well as a major economic downturn delayed the project.[14] The New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ratner on May 16, 2009. Opponents appealed the court decision, and a hearing for the appeal was scheduled for October 14, 2009, with a decision to be issued no sooner than November 25.[17]

On November 24, 2009, the New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state using eminent domain for the project. Empire State Development Corporation Vice President Warner Johnston indicated that the agency is committed to seeing the project completed and said "we can now move forward with development."[20]

Barclays Center has also been accused of mistreating luxury box holders who are African-American. Three employees of Ludwig's Pharmacy in Prospect Heights claimed in a lawsuit, filed in October 2013, that they were singled out for bad treatment at the arena just because they are black. They are suing for $4 million.[66]

Labor issues

A group of 120 part-time construction workers who work to convert the arena from concert hall to sports venue unsuccessfully tried to switch unions in February 2013. The pay for part-time work is structured differently than that of the same work at Madison Square Garden, and workers have complained about not being able to make a living on one-day-a-month work at $14/hour, and being barred from collecting unemployment.[67]

Quality as a hockey venue

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Seats with obstructed view

As the arena was not originally designed with hockey in mind, the New York Islanders' move to Barclays Center has resulted in complaints over seats with obstructed views, and the arena's ice quality.

Some seats were singled out for having poor and obstructed sightlines during hockey games.[68] Business Insider has called sections 201 to 204 and 228 to 231, "the worst seat in American professional sports".[69] In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark acknowledged the issue, but insisted nothing can be done: "There's really nothing we're going to do from a capital improvement standpoint. You can watch the game on your mobile device. The game is on the scoreboard."[70] There have also been complaints over the quality of the ice during hockey games. The stadium uses PVC piping instead of steel piping under the ice surface, making it much harder to maintain NHL standards and temperature.[71]

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Home of the New York Islanders
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Belmont Park Arena
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MTV Video Music Awards
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2012–13 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2012–13 Brooklyn Nets season was the franchise's 46th season, its 37th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its first season following its relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn, New York, after the 2011–12 season. The Nets finished with a record of 49–33, their first winning season since 2005–06, the 2nd best record in the Atlantic Division and the 4th best in the Eastern Conference. When considering the Nets' time in the NBA only, the 49–33 record is also tied for the second best in franchise history at the time, and the 23–18 record on the road was the first winning record on the road in franchise history.

In the 2013 NBA Playoffs, the Nets played an injury-plagued Chicago Bulls in the first round to seven games, but lost the decisive game at home 93–99.

2014–15 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2014–15 Brooklyn Nets season was the franchise's 48th season, its 39th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 3rd season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets finished the regular season with a 38–44 record, securing the eighth seed. In the playoffs, the met the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the First Round, losing in six games.

The Nets would not make another playoff appearance until the 2018–19 season.

2015–16 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2015–16 Brooklyn Nets season was the 40th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 4th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

In the off-season, the Nets let Deron Williams go after five seasons with the team. He later signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

On February 25, the Nets parted ways with All-Star Joe Johnson. Two days later, Johnson signed with the Miami Heat.

The Nets finished with a 21–61 record, their worst since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

2016–17 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2016–17 Brooklyn Nets season was the 41st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 50th season overall, and its 5th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

The season marked Brook Lopez's final one with the Nets, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the off-season. He became the franchise's all-time leading scorer on April 10 when he broke Buck Williams' record that stood for 28 years.The Nets hired Kenny Atkinson after Lionel Hollins was fired during the middle of the previous season. General manager Billy King was also fired. Sean Marks took over as the Nets began rebuilding. They finished 20–62, their worst record since 2009–10. In the month of February, the Nets went 0–10 marking the first time that they lost every game in a single month since going 0–14 in November 2009.

2017–18 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2017–18 Brooklyn Nets season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 51st season overall, and its 6th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York from March 6–10, 2018. It was the 65th annual edition of the tournament, and the second year in a row being held at Barclays Center. The Virginia Cavaliers entered the tournament as the top seed, with a 17–1 conference record (28–2 overall) under the guidance of Tony Bennett. UVA also began the tournament unanimously ranked number 1 in the country in both major polls.

The Cavaliers defeated Louisville 75–58 and Clemson 64–58 to secure a place in the tournament championship game. They defeated North Carolina 71–63 in the championship game to become tournament champion. Sophomore guard Kyle Guy was named Tournament MVP. Games were shown on over-the-air television in local media markets by the syndicated ACCN and simulcast nationally on various ESPN cable networks.

Both the Virginia–North Carolina title game and Duke–North Carolina semifinal game set the Barclays Center attendance record for college basketball games, and conference leadership vowed to return the ACC Tournament to New York in the near future.

2018–19 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2018–19 Brooklyn Nets season was the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 52nd season overall, and its 7th season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

On November 12, 2018, late in the first half of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Caris LeVert suffered a subtalar dislocation of the right foot and was scheduled to return later in the season after rehabilitation, making his return on February 8, 2019. The December 16 game against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center was the highest scoring game at the venue in Nets' history, while the 144 points scored by the Nets were the second-most points scored in regulation in franchise history. On March 19, the Nets came back from a 28-point deficit, which also was the biggest comeback in team history, when they defeated the Sacramento Kings 123–121, and also became just the fourth team since the 1954–55 season to overcome a 25-point deficit in the fourth quarter.For the first time in his NBA career D'Angelo Russell was selected to participate in the NBA All-Star Game when he was announced as the replacement for the injured Victor Oladipo in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.With a 108–96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on April 7, the Nets clinched a playoff spot for the first time since the 2014–15 season. On April 10, in a 113–94 win against the Miami Heat, the Nets clinched their first winning season since 2013–14.In the playoffs, the Nets faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the First Round, and were defeated in five games.

Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in men's basketball for the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10). The tournament has been held every year since 1977. It is a single-elimination tournament, and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (New York City Subway)

Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (formerly Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street) is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, the BMT Brighton Line and the IRT Eastern Parkway Line, located at Atlantic, Fourth, and Flatbush Avenues and Pacific Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The complex is served by the:

2, 4, D, N, Q and R trains at all times

3 train at all times except late nights

5 and B trains weekdays only except late nights

W train during rush hours only, with a few trips in the peak directionWith nine subway services, this station is second to the Times Square–42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal complex in offering the most transfers to other services.

As of 2017, it is the busiest subway station in Brooklyn, with 13,571,093 passengers, and is ranked 21st overall. The control house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980, while the station complex as a whole has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004, and is ADA-compliant.

Barclays Center Classic

The Barclays Center Classic is an annual early season college basketball tournament that was inaugurated in 2012. Each of the eight schools plays four games, with the bracketed portion of the tournament concluding at the tournament's namesake Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Belmont Park Arena

Belmont Park Arena is the tentative name of a $1.2 billion multi-purpose arena and development in Elmont, New York, just east of the New York City limits in Nassau County. Groundbreaking and construction is scheduled for 2019, and completion is expected in 2021. It will serve as the home of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships (in 1974 and 1976). In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets, all of whom remain in the league today).

In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships (in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons), but failed to win a league title. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center, and took its current geographic name.

Legends Classic (basketball tournament)

The Legends Classic is an annual, early-season, college basketball tournament which started in 2007 and takes place at the beginning of the college basketball season in November. Eight teams (from eight conferences) compete in the Legends Classic, which has four of the top programs from the most prestigious conferences in the country tip-off the season with Regional Round games played on their home courts. Four teams then go to New York City – at the Barclays Center – to face each other for the Legends Classic championship. The remainder of the field participates in a round-robin series at one subregional site. Every participating team is guaranteed four games. Games have been played at Barclays Center since 2012, The 2011 edition was played at Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey), 2009 and 2010 were played at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.), and 2007 and 2008 were played at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.).

St. John's is the defending champion, having defeated Virginia Commonwealth in overtime in the 2018 final, 87–86.

NXT (WWE brand)

WWE NXT, often referred to simply as NXT, is a brand of the U.S. based professional wrestling promotion WWE.

While its primary purpose is to serve as a farm system for WWE's main roster (the Raw and SmackDown brands), NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling pundits and fans as its own distinct entity, becoming a brand in its own right. Originally holding its shows primarily in the Orlando, Florida area, NXT expanded its reach as time has gone on, having embarked on national and international tours, being praised for its high quality of wrestling and captivating storylines.

NXT TakeOver

NXT TakeOver is a series of periodic specials produced by WWE featuring its NXT brand, which are streamed live on the WWE Network. NXT TakeOver events are held several times a year, and are considered the brand's equivalent of main roster pay-per-view shows.The first NXT live special was uniquely titled NXT Arrival in 2014. However, after the debut NXT TakeOver show aired a few months later, the "TakeOver" name has been used for subsequent NXT live specials. All NXT live specials were initially held at Full Sail University, prior to the brand extending to arena shows after premiering NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015. The shows have since been held at various national and international locations.

Since 2016, the majority of NXT TakeOver events air a day prior to the "big four" WWE pay-per-view events (WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series). Under this format, TakeOvers are held in the same city as the "big four" pay-per-view events, and also (excluding WrestleMania, which is held in stadiums) share the same arena. Additional TakeOver shows may also occur on other select dates as well.

Nassau Coliseum

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (commonly known as the Nassau Coliseum or The Coliseum) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, east of New York City. The Coliseum is approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of the eastern limits of the Borough of Queens of New York City, and is located next to the Meadowbrook Parkway. It is branded as NYCB Live: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for naming rights reasons.

Opened in 1972, the Coliseum occupies 63 acres (25 ha) of Mitchel Field, a former Army airfield, later an Air Force base. The facility is located in the Town of Hempstead, within the Uniondale 11553 ZIP code. The Coliseum is used for sporting events, concerts, large exhibitions and shows as well as trade shows—44,000 square feet (4,100 m2) at the main arena, 60,000 at the Expo Center. In 2015, the arena was temporarily closed for a major renovation which was completed in April 2017.

The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL) played at the Coliseum from 1972 to 2015 before moving to Brooklyn's Barclays Center. After the move proved to be commercially unsuccessful, the team began splitting its home schedule between Barclays and the renovated Coliseum in 2018, and will do so until at least 2021 after the completion of its new Belmont Park Arena. It was the former home of the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (which now plays at Barclays as the Brooklyn Nets) from 1972 to 1977. In 2017, the venue became the new home of the Brooklyn Nets' NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets.

New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in the New York metropolitan area. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team splits its home games between Barclays Center in the borough of Brooklyn and Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders are one of three NHL franchises in the New York metropolitan area, along with the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, and their fan base resides primarily on Long Island.

The team was founded in 1972 as part of the NHL's maneuvers to keep a team from rival league World Hockey Association (WHA) out of the newly built Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in suburban Uniondale, New York. After two years of building up the team's roster, they found almost instant success by securing fourteen straight playoff berths starting with their third season. The Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships between 1980 and 1983, the seventh of eight dynasties recognized by the NHL in its history. Their 19 consecutive playoff series wins between 1980 and 1984 is a feat that remains unparalleled in the history of professional sports. They are the last team in any major professional North American sport to win four consecutive championships.

Following the team's dynasty era, the franchise ran into problems with money, ownership and management, an aging arena, and low attendance. Their woes were reflected on the ice, as the team has not won a division title since 1987–88, and went 22 seasons without winning a playoff series prior to the 2016 playoffs. After years of failed attempts to rebuild or replace Nassau Coliseum in suburban Long Island, the Islanders relocated to Barclays Center following the 2014–15 season. In the 2018–19 season the Islanders started splitting their home games between the Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum until their new arena near Belmont Park is opened in 2021.

Eight former members of the Islanders have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, seven of whom—Al Arbour, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Bill Torrey, and Bryan Trottier—were members of all four Cup-winning teams. Pat LaFontaine is the most recent inductee, having been honored in 2003.

UFC 208

UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on February 11, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

WWE Raw 25 Years

WWE Raw 25 Years (also known as Raw 25) was a special episode of WWE Raw broadcast on January 22, 2018. The episode was a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the program's debut.The event was held in two separate venues in New York City – the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Manhattan Center in Manhattan. The show featured appearances from various Hall of Famers and legends from the past.

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