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New Barclays Center Stadium: Did You Know They're Talking About 200 Events a Year?

By July 20, 2011

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Wow. I just finished doing a little what's-what article about the rapidly rising Barclays Center stadium at Atlantic Yards, and I'm bowled over by the number of events the developers are talking about putting on: 200 a year. Let me repeat: Two hundred a year.

That's more than all the free concerts and movies you can see in Brooklyn in a summer. That's more than a couple of events a week, on average nearly four.

That's a LOT of people streaming in, out, and around the area; the stadium will seat 18,000 for basketball games, and jam an extra 1,000 or so more in for concerts.

What will be on at Barclays Center? Maybe boxing matches. Fashion events. Corporate shindigs, for sure. Big stage performances with BAM. Concerts.Who knows, a circus. Oh yes, don't forget: also basketball.

The new Brooklyn stadium isn't Ebbets Field redux, oh misty eyed nostalgic Brooklynites, although Larry King's ads would make you think this is all about getting a pro sports team back to Brooklyn. Nope. We are getting our very own Madison Square Garden (and then some, because the Garden's schedule is all tied up with commitments to its professional teams).

So. Whatddya think about that?


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