Avery Takes Third Tour of Barclays Center Site
March 27, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—On Tuesday, Nets coach Avery Johnson took his third tour of the Barclays Center construction site, following excursions in May and October, making this his first in six months. in the interim, the roof has been set in place and interior detailing has begun.
As Nets coach Avery Johnson took his third tour of the Barclays Center construction site in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood on Tuesday , he began to finally feel a sense of the space. The roof supporting itself, its arc complete, offered an opportunity to envision the filled stands, a Brooklyn-based crowd chanting "Go, Nets, Go!"
"I am so excited about being here at the Barclays Center," Johnson said. "My heart is beating pretty fast. What I’ve seen happen here since imy last visit here six months ago is just incredible. This arena is so beautiful, I think I’m going to want to live here full-time; so even when the Nets aren’t playing and Andrea Bocelli is playing here, or there’s some circus, if it’s a college basketball game, if boxing is going on, and I’m not working, you’re gonna know where to find me: I’m going to be here at the Barclays Center."
The arena, on schedule for a September opening, is now approximately 70-percent complete. Accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and several bus routes, the Barclays Center will host 220 events in its first year, including college basketball, boxing, family shows, tennis, hockey and NETS Basketball. It's steep interior bowl is designed especially for basketball, and will enable every fan to feel like they're on top of the action.
"This is going to be the best NBA arena in all of professional basketball," Johnson said. "You know why? Because it has a 'wow' factor. Look at the architecture of this arena, when you get inside and see the intimacy, how the fans are going to be right on top of the court. This is going to be a real homecourt advantage for the Brooklyn Nets and it’s real exciting."
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