NEW STADIUM FOR BROOKLYN NETS

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The Brooklyn Nets are currently building a $1 billion stadium named the Barclays Center. The Barclays Center is set to open this fall. The Brooklyn Nets will be the first major league team to call this New York City borough home since the late Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley moved the team to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

The new arena will offer: street-level entrances; a tighter, steeper seating bowl; "Vault Suites" designed by Jay-Z that will be floor level; 100 luxury suites; four bars/lounges including a "champagne bar;" three clubs; a restaurant; and food from local restaurants. The Nets will offer some of the most affordable tickets in the NBA, says Baum, with 50% percent of the 18,200 seats for basketball costing $55 or less and 2,000 tickets to every game going for $15 or less. The ticket prices make it extremely affordable for everyone. I’m glad that they are deciding to carry this attitude over to the new stadium. I remember when I was back in high school you’d be able to see a nets game for less than $30 (Price of ticket plus money for the train and or bus).

The Nets are starting from scratch. The whole team has been remodeled over the last two years. They have a new stadium, new logos, and new swagger about them. It’s a cool process to be able to watch and I can’t wait to see how they do in this upcoming season.

I don’t know if you have passed the new stadium or have seen pictures but you might have notices that it is covered in rust. This is by design. The material is supposed to be counterintuitive: What looks like neglect and damage is really a protective coat of corrosion. The otherwise unprotected steel naturally builds up rust on the outside, which keeps further oxidation from happening on the inside. Spreading across the pure, monumental curves of a Richard Serra sculpture, the rust forms a tough, stable, richly colored surface.

By: Mike Senkier