Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barclays Center releases updated event calendars (with hockey); WWE SummerSlam load-in begins today; generator to run outside arena

Well, yesterday Barclays Center Community Affairs Manager Terence Kelly circulated a tentative event calendar for four-plus months, which shows that, by the time both hockey and basketball launch in October, the arena will be busy.

It also gave neighbors one day's notice regarding the load-in for the massive pro wrestling event this weekend, which includes three evening events, notably SummerSlam from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

Note that the documents, which included the schedule for the rest of August, were issued too late to inform neighbors of the disruptive basketball tournament on the arena plaza last Saturday.

It's interesting that the arena is estimating a full house for hockey (15,800 for home opener)  but not for basketball (15,000 for home opener). In the first season, even when all 17,732 tickets for basketball were distributed, fewer than 17,000 people attended and the average gate count was closer to 15,400.

The impact of SummerSlam

This weekend, Barclays Center will host WWE SummerSlam on Sunday night, which is part of a much larger event. Load-in begins today and tomorrow, with events Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings--and load out on Monday.

There will also be daytime events--FanFests--Friday at 1 pm and Saturday at 10 am.

All residents and businesses will have unrestricted access in and out of homes and buildings. Note that "no major external production work (with light and sound) will take place in the overnight hours," which suggests that such work may occur at various hours during the morning and evening.

Temporary traffic “freezes” may occur on the arena block for both vehicles and pedestrians, during undisclosed hours. Both Barclays Center Pedestrian Traffic Managers and NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents (TEAs) will assist.

A "noise-attenuated" generator--though presumably still noisy--will be installed on the west side of Pacific Street and Sixth Avenue outside the Sugar Factory entrance. "The generator will run intermittently starting Friday 8/21 through Monday 8/24," though times are unspecified.

Trucks involved in SummerSlam production vehicles will be parked at an off-site staging area provided by Barclays Center. So keep watch to see whether and how many vehicles wind up parking or idling near the media. Also keep watch on the "very large media check-in program all weekend," especially on event nights.

The event calendar, the rest of August 2015

Note that, as mentioned on the Barclays Center web site (but not the calendar below), the Legacy of Hope Concert in Support of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital event scheduled for August 26 has been cancelled.

September 2015

In September 2015, there are five concerts scheduled, and three Islanders pre-season hockey games. That's eight events. In September 2014, there were seven ticketed events: six concerts and an exhibition hockey game, plus two outdoor free afternoon community events.

October 2015

There are four concerts, a religious event, six hockey games, and four basketball games, three of them pre-season, or 15 total events. For October 2014, there were three pre-season Nets basketball games and six concerts planned (ultimately five), plus a pro wrestling night, or nine events.

November 2015

In November 2015, there will be five Nets games, six Islanders games, one college hockey event (actually a double-header, with games starting at 11:15 am and 2:30 pm), seven sessions of college basketball, ten Disney on Ice events, and one religious event. That's 30 events, though six days remain clear.

In November 2014, there were eight Nets games, eleven Disney on Ice (DOI) family shows, and six college basketball tournament evenings, for a total of 25 ticketed events.

December 2015

In December 2015, there will be six Islanders games, ten Nets games, one college basketball event, and one concert, New Years' Eve, with Jimmy Buffet, for 18 events, at least for now. 

In December 2014, there were initially nine Nets games, two concerts, three basketball tournaments, and one Harlem Globetrotters game. The arena later added one boxing card, a LIU basketball game, and concerts featuring Smokey Robinson and Run DMC, for a total of 19 events.

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