Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Barclays Center line problem they promised to fix? Still working on it

Remember how the Barclays Center pledged earlier this month that attendees showing up early for general admission tickets would line up east to west stretching toward the arena plaza, rather than clogging the sidewalk as they extended to Sixth Avenue?

Well, that's exactly what didn't happen at the next show. Last night, at a meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council, arena Community Affairs Manager Terence Kelly was asked to respond.

He didn't quite explain. "I did make the statement that I would fix it, and it has been an issue," Kelly said. "We've had a queue outside... What creates a challenge is there's a construction fence at Atlantic and Sixth, and on other side there's two retail spaces, MetroPCS and Elbow Room... It does raise a challenge, and we are working with Guest Services to figure out long-erm solutions."

I think he was indicating that the retail outlets understandably don't want lines blocking their entrance. 

Then again, why can't the arena line up general admission patrons on the plaza it controls, rather than on public sidewalks?

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