Monday, October 15, 2012

Atlantic Yards down the memory hole: "It was important to the team that Barclays be built as a basketball-first facility"

From the Wall Street Journal, 10/14/12, No, You Can't Use the Nets' Specialized Lighting System:
As the Brooklyn Nets sought to improve themselves over the off-season by reshaping their roster and rebranding their identity, they had an important ally waiting for them: their new $1 billion arena.
No, it's not a $1 billion arena.

The Journal reports:
It was important to the team that Barclays be built as a basketball-first facility, with the seating bowl pulled tight to the court on all four sides.
Actually, it was initially important to developer Forest City Ratner to build an arena flexible enough to include major league hockey, but that was too large and expensive.

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