“It was quite a journey," said [Nets/Barclays Center CEO Brett] Yormark, adding that the Barclays Center has held 157 events, attracting 1.7 million people since opening with a series of Jay-Z concerts on September 28. "This is a culmination of an incredible journey, and it really is quite humbling.""Adapt to change"
As quoted on the accompanying video (which was paraphrased somewhat in the article), Yormark was asked about the lessons:
"Adapt to change. It's never going to end up the way it started. And that certainly was our case, obviously a little more than most. We ended up making a lot of changes along the way, and I think many of them were changes for the better."The changes, of course, included cutting the arena from 850,000 square feet to 675,000 square feet to preclude major league hockey--and then lucking out by having the New York Islanders agree to move.
As noted by Meadowlands Matters, the other nominees were Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas; JetBlue Park, Fort Myers, Fla.; Marlins Park, Miami; and Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles.