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Bill Gates: "Large sporting and entertainment events probably will not make the cut for a long time." Barclays Center still plays somewhat coy.

In his Gates Notes blog, The first modern pandemic: The scientific advances we need to stop COVID-19., from Microsoft founder Bill Gates wrote 4/23/20 about the unclear, "semi-normal" phase of opening up, which could start in the next two months.

That of course will rely on strong testing systems. He writes:
The basic principle should be to allow activities that have a large benefit to the economy or human welfare but pose a small risk of infection. But as you dig into the details and look across the economy, the picture quickly gets complicated. It is not as simple as saying “you can do X, but not Y.” The modern economy is far too complex and interconnected for that.
So that affects things like in-restaurant dining, manufacturing protocols, and public transportation practices--all facing changes and, as he writes, "trade-offs based on the risks and benefits of opening various parts of the economy."

But there's a spectrum:
Schools offer a big benefit and should be a priority. Large sporting and entertainment events probably will not make the cut for a long time; the economic benefit of the live audience doesn’t measure up to the risk of spreading the infection. Other activities fall into a gray area, such as church services or a high school soccer game with a few dozen people on the sidelines.
This by now is the common wisdom, and a reminder that the Barclays Center will not re-open for large-audience events.

The central location has its value. Yesterday, the Food Bank of New York offered free food distribution at the arena's plaza and atrium, as indicated in the screenshot at right.

Below is a letter from the arena, which was circulated by Empire State Development to neighbors.

Still question marks regarding arena events

Not every upcoming Barclays Center event has been officially canceled or postponed and, as shown in the tweets below, the arena seems to be playing coy, likely not because they can't accept reality but because arrangements for ticket refunds haven't been all resolved (and take time to resolve).


Meanwhile, the lineup so far:
CANCELLED: NIALL HORAN: NICE TO MEET YA TOUR:
APRIL 29 | 7:00PM
Niall Horan’s Nice To Meet Ya Tour has been cancelled. You should expect to receive your refund in as soon as 30 days. If the tickets were transferred to you, the refund will go to the fan who originally bought the tickets from Ticketmaster.
POSTPONED: FEED THE STREETZ TOUR 2020:
MAY 15 | 7:00PM
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, it is with sincere regret that we announce the postponement of the Feed The Streetz Tour 2020 until further notice. Details on rescheduled dates to be announced soon. All tickets will be honored for the new dates. Updated information can be found at www.weareliveent.com.
CANCELLED: ELEVATION WORSHIP WITH STEVEN FURTICK: ELEVATION NIGHTS 2020 TOUR:
JUNE 03 | 7:00PM
The Elevation Nights Tour with Elevation Worship and Pastor Steven Furtick has been CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A refund for your ticket purchase will be credited automatically to your account. If you have any questions, please email support@platformtickets.com.
ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZL
JUNE 20 | 8:00PM
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Alejandro Fernandez visits Brooklyn on June 20.
THE WEEKND
JULY 08 | 7:00PM
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The Weeknd visits Brooklyn on July 8 with special guests Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver.
KORN & FAITH NO MORE
SEPTEMBER 03 | 6:00PM
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Korn and Faith No More come to Brooklyn on September 3 with special guests Helmet and ‘68.

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