In lieu [sic]of a report on the Garden’s longstanding active pursuit of celebrities to fill their front row for Knicks games, The Rumble called the Brooklyn Nets to ask their view on the celebrity scene at Barclays Center.
As with everything with these two rival franchises, it’s contrary.
“We don’t pursue celebrities to attend Nets games,’’ Barry Baum, the team’s chief communications officer at Barclays Center, told The Rumble. “It’s not our style. Celebrities that do come to Nets games pay for their seats. Whether you’re in the front row or last row, we treat everybody like a celebrity. We love when they come. But we won’t actively pursue them.’’
Baum said Chris Rock, Rihanna. Joe Girardi and David Beckham have been to Brooklyn games this season, and Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Strahan last year.
“We’re flattered celebrities wear our merchandise,’’ Baum said.
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.