“As I have said all along, Brooklyn is the greatest city in America. We’re ready to get back into professional sports’ big leagues, and this arena is going to make it happen. I am thrilled that the new design delivers not only a luminous, iconic structure that celebrates Brooklyn’s industrial heritage with its steel and glass exterior, but one that harmonizes with the architecture of the surrounding neighborhoods and creates a welcoming environment for the public at street-level.
Of course, I remain optimistic that this project will create thousands of jobs and bring much needed affordable housing and even more vitality to Downtown Brooklyn. Now it’s time to break ground and let our union workers get to work building this beautiful Barclays Center, an economic engine that will generate revenue and spur economic development in Brooklyn and New York City for years to come!”
In June, after the original architect, Frank Gehry, had been dropped for arena designer Ellerbe Becket, Markowitz declared that the new design, derided as a "hangar," was "actually better for Brooklyn."