Thursday, March 13, 2014

At tomorrow's ticket sweepstakes program, DBNA launches community events program to rent Barclays Center at discount

The Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) included the promise to provide the arena "to community groups for at least ten (10) events per year, at a reasonable rate, with net proceeds from such events to be used to support non-profit community organizations."

That's the province of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA), led by CBA signatory the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, which in late 2012 began another CBA program, the distribution of free tickets (upper bowl, lower bowl, suites) via a lottery.

Last May, DBNA executive director Sharon Daughtry (daughter of the Rev. Daughtry) said the DBNA was still planning the community events program, which wouldn't start until the arena's second year of operations, which began September 28, 2013.

Now, about halfway through the second year, the DBNA is taking steps to begin the community events program, with an launch event tomorrow as part of its monthly ticket sweepstakes. The location is Brooklyn Job Corps, 585 DeKalb Avenue, in Bed-Stuy. Doors open at 5 pm, and the program starts at 6:30 pm.

As noted below, the deadline to apply is May 2.

More details

The DBNA website offers more details, including an application packet, though not specifics on the costs:
Community events may be held in various locations within Barclays Center, including the Arena Bowl, the Cushman Wakefield Theater, the Practice Court, the Calvin Klein Courtside Club, and the 40/40 Club and Restaurant. Each of these spaces has its own configuration and seating/standing capacity.
While the CBA provides that the rental fee for these spaces is discounted for community-based organizations, there are some costs involved and these costs will vary depending on the space in which you are interested. At a minimum, you will be required to utilize Barclays Center’s personnel for security, ushers, housekeeping, etc. Also, any catered event is required to use Levy Restaurants, Barclays Center’s exclusive food and beverage concessionaire.
Specifically, DBNA’s Community Events Program is available to not-for-profit charitable organizations, schools (public or charter), religious organizations, block associations, hospitals, or similar organizations operating in Brooklyn, New York, with priority given to organizations in Community Boards 2, 6, and 8 (areas nearest to the Barclays Center).
To help ensure that the DBNA Community Events Program is able to reach our target populations, organizations applying for the 2013-2014 DBNA Community Events Program must complete an application packet, containing all of the three items listed below. This packet, in its entirety, must be received no later than 5pm on Friday May 2, 2014 in order to receive consideration. Please make sure to include the following items in your packet:

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