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Fifty-four years since the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, the construction of the new Barclays Center near Downtown Brooklyn means the return of a major sports team to New York’s most populous borough. It also gives New Yorkers disheartened by the Knicks’ dismal playoff run a new team to cheer. Developers built the new arena across the street from the proposed site of a new Brooklyn Dodgers’ stadium, but in 1958 talks broke down and the team headed. The nearly completed arena will be more than just be the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, but will also hold some of New York’s biggest events. Below is the list of some of the events scheduled at the new arena:
Barclays Center Tickets & Events
· The Brooklyn Nets (formerly of New Jersey) will play in their third arena in three years. Nets fans were fed up with the team’s bad luck over the past seasons, such as failing to gain a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season. It was no surprise star player Deron Williams almost didn’t re-sign with the team. Just like every small-town hipster, the Nets are hoping a move to Brooklyn will help them start off fresh. Williams re-signed with the Nets to a very lucrative contract, Atlanta star Joe Johnson was recently added, and Dwight Howard has sights in Brooklyn, which gives the Nets new hope. After a 22-44 season, anything will be an improvement, but anything less than a playoff berth will be a disappointment. The NBA 2012-2013 season schedule has not been announced yet.
· Music juggernaut and Brooklyn native Jay-Z will have the honor of christening the new arena with a series of concerts beginning September 28th. Jay-Z has a lot invested in the Barclay’s Center. As minority owner of the Nets, he was a key component to the Nets’ move to his hometown. The average Jay-Z ticket price for the first concert is $1,138, and the lowest ticket available sells for $250. Expect the hip-hop mogul to sell out the nearly 20,000-seat arena on the first night, and subsequent nights. Even if you don’t catch Jay-Z in concert, you can still probably catch him courtside at Barclays when the Nets begin their season in their new home.
· The first scheduled sporting event to take place in the brand new arena will be an NHL exhibition game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders on October 2nd. The Islanders have expressed interest in moving to the Barclays Center once the lease with the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is up in 2015. The game could be considered a test run for the Islanders. Devils-Islanders tickets sell on average for $122, with a minimum ticket price of $79, making it an affordable event in a brand new arena. Fun fact: The New Jersey Devils shared an arena with the Nets while they were still in New Jersey.
· Pop diva and Brooklyn native Barbara Streisand will perform two shows at the Barclays Center on October 11th and 13th. Streisand tickets sell on average for $465 and $515 for both nights respectively. The music icon’s list of accolades could extend across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. Streisand and Jay-Z’s shows present a wide spectrum of musical events in Brooklyn’s new venue.
· Urban gospel fans will also be glad to hear that the Kings Men with Kirk Franklin will perform live at Barclays along with Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Sapp on October 14th.Christian hip-hop and urban gospel is really part of a niche market, but Franklin’s recent success from his eleventh studio album Hello Fear gained him recognition from the Billboard music charts. Kings Men tickets sell as low as $49.
· Oscar De La Hoya will bring championship boxing to the Barclays Center through his Golden Boy Promotions on October 20th. Expect a raucous crowd because Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi is expected to be on the card. Championship boxing tickets are the priciest tickets on this list with average tickets selling for $1,999.
· Canadian trio Rush will be the first rock band to perform in the new arena on October 22nd as part of their Clockwork Angels Tour. Rush has one of the most consistent lineups in the rock world. Rush tickets sell for as low as $67.
· The hipster diaspora in Brooklyn who aren’t interested in such established, “mainstream” artists should enjoy the Sensation coming to the Barclays Center October 26th and 27th. Sensation is an indoor electronic music event that has expended from its original home in Amsterdam to across the world. Sensation will make its U.S. debut in the Barclays Center in a rare two-day event. Ravers familiar with the event’s European origins will enjoy the sights and sounds of the DJ sets, and the extravagant outfits worn by concert attendees. Despite no official lineup announcements, tickets for the event have nearly sold out. 20-something ravers should save up for the two-day event since Sensation tickets sell on average for $390 for night and $480 for night two. (Must be 21 and older and present valid ID to attend.)
· Journey will also perform at Barclays. Journey tickets for their October 30th show sell as low as $53. I know what Journey fans are thinking, but my advice is to don’t stop believing at how low these prices are. Fans should definitely purchase tickets as soon as possible any way they want it, but preferably through Razorgator.
· The first scheduled basketball game to be played at Barclays will be NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Maryland Terrapins on November 9th. Even though Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the Kentucky in the NBA draft, that doesn’t mean the Wildcats are going to rollover. With Kentucky-Maryland tickets as low as $40, it is the most affordable ticket featured on this list.
· Standup comedy in New York is alive and well. Russell Peters will be the first comedian to perform at the Barclays Center on November 10, two days before fellow Canadian Justin Bieber’s concert. Russell Peters tickets sell on average for $153.
· Justin Bieber will also make a stop in the Barclays Center on November 12th as part of his Believe Tour. Teen devotees and closeted adult fans will also be glad to hear that fellow Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen is featured as an opening act on the tour. Bieber tickets sell as low as $90. With all the talk about the economy and healthcare in this country, $90 is a great price to help treat Bieber fever. Fans who’ll miss Bieber in Brooklyn will be delighted hear that he will return to NYC two weeks after the concert at Barclays, but in Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
· The 2K Sports Classic – Coaches vs. Cancer will take place at Barclays November 16th and 17th. The tournament benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project will feature Villanova, Purdue, Alabama, and Oregon State. 2K Sports Classic- Coaches vs. Cancer tickets sell on average for $158 for day one and $160 for day two. College basketball fans that want to watch a good crop of young players, and help donate to a noble cause should attend this event.
· Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana, and UCLA will compete in the Legends Classic tournament held at Barclays November 19th and 20th. For the first time ever, the tournament finals will be played outside of New Jersey. Legends Classic tickets sell on average for $110 for day one and $116 for day two.
· Folk-rock legend Neil Young isn’t touring with fellow legends Crosby, Stills, & Nash, but he isn’t traveling alone. Young is touring with fellow folk-rock idols Crazy Horse, and will make a stop in Brooklyn on December 3rd. Neil Young tickets sell as low as $86.
· Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is returning to New York December 5th, but not to Madison Square Garden. Bocelli will perform in Brooklyn for the first time ever at the Barclays Center. Bocelli tickets sell on average for $374.
· The Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team will face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers on December 15th. Wolverines-Mountaineers tickets sell on average for $126.
· Leonard Cohen will also headline in the new Barclays Center on December 20th. Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen tickets sell as low as $59, making it a great early Christmas gift.
· The last NCAA preseason tournament scheduled at Barclays this year will see Seton Hall University play against Long Island University in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on December 22nd. Tickets sell on average for $135.
Forget about hipsters, Brooklyn will be invaded by a large group of talented Canadians when the Barclays Center opens. Manhattan and Madison Square Garden will no longer be the center of New York live events this fall.