Consider Madison Square Garden on watch.
Luring the Nets from New Jersey was only Step 1 in Brooklyn’s metamorphosis into an entertainment hot spot. Next up for the borough, a ruthless bid in stealing the spotlight and the stars from MSG, New Jersey’s Prudential Center, and any other venue that books boldface names in music and sports.
There’s a new kid in town, folks, a state-of-the-art arena in Brooklyn that is gobbling up acts at an alarming rate.
Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Andrea Bocelli are just a few of the marquee attractions coming to the new Barclays Center, a facility that will house the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and so much more.
College basketball is on the way, as are the Harlem Globetrotters and World Wrestling Entertainment, and before the lockout was announced, an NHL preseason game was even on tap. Indeed, it appears Barclays has balance and boom in its acts, and will stop at nothing as it quickly makes a sudden statement that it is a desired destination in an attractive borough.
And the other facilities in and around New York may never be the same again.
“In the past, Brooklynites had to leave our borough for world-class entertainment and sports and head over to Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Nassau County … Newark or East Rutherford,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said. “Hello. Not anymore.”
Brooklyn is going hard and if this current clip keeps up, it may become the No. 1 tour stop in the region. Jay-Z, the Nets’ part owner and hip-hop icon, will christen the Barclays Center with eight sold-out shows opening Friday.
“Without Brooklyn, I wouldn’t be standing here right now,” Jay-Z said at a Barclays Center press conference.
Barbra Streisand, a Brooklyn native like Jay-Z, will perform for the first time in her native borough Oct. 11.
These megastar acts will raise the curtain on what Barclays expects to become a 220-event-a-year center, and create a little competition with the world’s most famous arena.
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