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Barclays Center of Brooklyn to Host Three-Week Grand Opening

Programming to Include Major Concerts and Events

Public Events to be held in advance of Opening Night

April 5, 2011

BROOKLYN, N.Y.The Barclays Center of Brooklyn will present its Grand Opening celebration with three weeks of spectacular programming beginning on Friday, September 28, 2012.
“We will open the Barclays Center with a three-week run of the best and most diverse entertainment this market has ever seen,” said Brett Yormark, the CEO of the Barclays Center. “Our line-up of premier concerts and events will create the most anticipated opening ever for a major new sports and entertainment venue. We plan to announce details of our programming schedule throughout this year and look forward to providing an unparalleled Grand Opening experience for our visitors at the Barclays Center.”
Prior to the official Grand Opening on September 28, the Barclays Center plans to use the first several weeks of September 2012 to host public events and tours to welcome and introduce the Brooklyn community to its new building.
Including NETS Basketball, the Barclays Center will have more than 200 events annually, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, professional tennis, top college basketball and hockey, and family shows, such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. To date, the Barclays Center has received commitments to host 149 events annually, and that list continues to grow.
Last week, NETS All Access premium season tickets for the Barclays Center were put on sale for the team’s current season ticket holders. Non-premium NETS season tickets will be implemented in different phases in 2011.

About the Barclays Center
The Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 104 luxury suites, including 15 Brownstone Suites (16 seats each), 68 Loft Suites (10 seats each), 11 Cabana Suites, six Studio Suites, and four Party Suites. Suites are on sale. The arena will also include six clubs and restaurants.

Designed by the award-winning architectural firms Ellerbe Becket, ( and SHoP Architects (, the Barclays Center will be one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, the Barclays Center currently has 12 major partners, including: ADT, Cushman & Wakefield, Stolichnaya, EmblemHealth, MetroPCS, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Willis, Jones Soda, Haier America, Phillips-Van Heusen, Anheuser-Busch, and High Point Solutions.

Located atop one of the three largest transportation hubs in New York City, the Barclays Center will be directly accessible by nine subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.

Steel began to rise for the Barclays Center in November 2010, and currently 30 percent of steel has been erected, the roof is being framed, and the facade will begin to be erected this summer.

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