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Free tickets to Barclays Center events for Brooklyn nonprofits; DBNA community tickets program applications due Dec. 6 (+ hockey's easy)

Well, it may not be "as important or more important" than the Barclays Center, as arena developer Bruce Ratner claimed in September 2013 upon its first anniversary,

But it is the most enduring and visible product of the "borderline calamity" Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement: the annual Community Tickets program run by the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA), which offers tickets to most arena events.

There have been many grateful recipients, who otherwise wouldn't have been able to attend events. "To date, we have distributed over 85,000 tickets to over 600 Brooklyn based community organizations," the DBNA states.

Applications are due by 5 pm Dec. 6.

Free tickets

The program allows various nonprofit and neighborhood groups free access to 2 to 20 Upper Bowl tickets per group; also, four Lower Bowl tickets, and seats in a suite are distributed. Most tickets are chosen via live stream drawings and in-person sweepstakes events, plus impromptu drawings on Facebook, according to the DBNA.

Multiple groups can get access to each event, since the arena provides 50 Upper Bowl tickets per event: see p. 31 of the CBA and the DBNA's Our Program page.

Getting to the Islanders isn't tough

Some tickets can simply be acquired by request. "An organization can request tickets and in the event that we have unallocated [tickets] we can potentially fulfill a special request for tickets," the FAQ states. "All NY Islanders hockey tickets are by request and those requests are typically honored."

That's a sign, I suspect, of the limited fan base in Brooklyn for the Islanders, with even fewer among groups in Central Brooklyn--with its significant black presence--that make up many DBNA program participants. (It's not easy to be a black hockey fan, wrote the Washington Post's Clinton Yates in 2012.)

This year, there are even fewer Islanders games than last year, but perhaps even more opportunities, given the dropoff in Brooklyn attendance.