It Really Got Built! A Grand Opening For Brooklyn’s Barclays Center


Photo © Bruce Damonte

This is not a rendering! The new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets and countless future music performances, was unveiled today during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Designed by SHoP Architects and Ellerbe Becket, the state-of-the-art arena will open to the public next week for a string of eight sold-out Jay-Z concerts. Read More.


Photo © Bruce Damonte


Photo © Bruce Damonte

The building’s design consists of three woven bands of steel, covered in 12,000 unique panels. The first band engages the street level with a weathered exterior that curves up and down the city block. The canopy level contains an open area that allows pedestrians to see inside the arena, as well as a 360-degree LED light marquee. The third band rises into the sky, creating backlit patterns with the surrounding lights.


Photo courtesy ArtsBridge


Photo courtesy Barclays Center

As the new home of the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets), this will be the borough’s first new, major professional sports team in over 50 years. The arena, which is part of the massive Atlantic Yards development, has incited much controversy since it was announced years ago.

Learn more about the Barclays Center via its website.

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