The Back to School Bash--an educational resource fair with live music, games, prizes, food trucks, and more--will be 0/13/14 on the arena plaza from 11am-3pm.
The Brooklyn Beat Festival, from 4-5 pm 9/15/14 on the plaza features Dancewave with contemporary choreography, then Bed Stuy Veterans demonstrating NYC Bruk-Up, a style of movement based on a dance form that originated in Jamaica.
The September 2013 calendar had eight concerts scheduled, plus boxing, pro wrestling, and a hockey game.
Impact on arena access
According to an arena construction update:
Starting in July 2014, you will notice construction on Atlantic Ave. for a brand new Long Island Rail Road tunnel. Please be aware of the following temporary traffic pattern changes:(Emphasis added)
Our operations team is working closely with city agencies to mitigate traffic. However, we advise Barclays Center guests to allow for additional travel time when driving to the arena. As always, we encourage our guests to use mass transit to Barclays Center, which is located adjacent to one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City.
- Minimal space for pick up/drop offs near the Calvin Klein VIP
- Atlantic Ave. median is now a travel lane for eastbound traffic
- Pacific St. between Carlton and 6th Aves. is one-way going westbound
- Pedestrian walkways are not expected to be effected until September
- Other areas for pick up/drop off (adjacent to Barclays Center) are on Flatbush Ave. northbound between 5th Ave and Atlantic Ave.
The Long Island Rail Road tunnel, to be located under Atlantic Ave. by the arena, is a key component of the new rail yards for the Pacific Park development, and will greatly improve efficiency and provide necessary progress for the LIRR system.
We will continue to provide you with extensive communication during the construction period and are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all of our guests.
Those traffic pattern changes are indeed "temporary," but some--including parking prohibition on Atlantic Avenue--will last 24 months.