In the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the stand out venue for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events.
Developed by Brooklyn-based developer Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects, Barclays Center serves as the state-of-the-art home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed for a modern multi-purpose arena, and is a model for sustainable design and construction. Unparalleled sightlines for 17,732 welcome basketball fans to the action and audiences of up to 18,000 can be accommodated for musical or other performances. Professional hockey will soon be part of Barclays Center’s line-up when the New York Islanders move to the borough in 2015.
Since its opening on September 28, 2012 with the first of eight consecutive sold out shows by JAY Z, Barclays Center has continued to host the world’s most renown performers, including Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Andrea Bocelli, Dave Matthews Band, Bruno Mars and Coldplay all topping the bill.
Barclays Center has become both a critical and commercial success, helping Barclays further establish its brand in New York and across the wider United States. The Center was named 2012 Pollstar Award Best New Major Concert Venue and 2013 Sports Business Awards Sports Facility of the Year whilst Billboard and Venues Today magazines, ranked Barclays Center as the top-grossing U.S. venue for concerts and family shows and the top-seller of tickets in their 2013 report.
Whilst its huge popularity has made it in to a top venue, it was equally important that it was recognised for its positive impact on the communities where it is based and the achievement of Architizer A+ Building of the Year Award, LEED® Silver Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Congress and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Brooklyn Building Award for Economic Development were seen as a essential to its long-term success.
The unparalleled lineup of sport and entertainment icons, its excellent viewing for fans, great hospitality as well as its high regard in the local community and amongst critics mean standards run high in Brooklyn. Good thing, because Barclays Center continues to raise the bar.
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