HoopsHype Barclays Center rumors

January 13, 2015 Updates

Prokhorov, 49, the first foreign owner of an NBA team, holds 80 percent of the club and 45 percent of the Barclays Center, its 2 1/2-year-old arena which next season will house hockey’s New York Islanders. Only the team is for sale, the people said. Bloomberg

December 17, 2014 Updates

A leak in the roof late in the first quarter at 26-month-old Barclays Center prompted a stoppage of play for about 30 minutes. It was Brooklyn’s first major league rain delay since the Dodgers left town in 1957. With 1 minute 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Heat leading, 24-21, water pooled near the sideline around midcourt, across from the Nets’ bench. New York Times

A bucket was brought out to contain the water, then another and another, as the players took jump shots to remain loose. After about 10 minutes, the teams retreated to their locker rooms. In a statement, the Nets said the leak was a result of the installation of a so-called green roof, composed of small plants and a soil-like cover, that was intended to beautify the exterior of the $1 billion arena. Repair crews were able to plug the leak after about 26 minutes. New York Times

December 16, 2014 Updates
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October 23, 2014 Updates

A Palestinian-American student alleged that she was assaulted by a group of Jewish fans at a Brooklyn arena during an exhibition basketball game between the host Nets and Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nerdeen Kiswani, 20, said that she was punched in the stomach and had a Palestinian flag taken from her hands during the October 7 game at the Barclays Center by a group that included Leonard Petlakh, the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, who was punched outside the arena after the game. Kiswani, who wears a hijab, is a student at Hunter College in Manhattan, where Petlakh also teaches. Haaretz

October 21, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner is putting his majority share of Barclays Center on the market. "Our goal is to identify a strategic partner as we continue to capitalize on the great performance of Barclays Center and the promise of Nassau Coliseum," Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum said in a statement. "The current management team [Ratner and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark] will continue in its existing role." ESPN.com

October 4, 2014 Updates

The source described the meeting — which Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner and chief executive officer Brett Yormark also attended — as “exploratory” in nature. The source said Prokhorov held the meeting to look into ways to expand his sports and entertainment portfolio, which, along with the Nets, includes Barclays Center, Nassau Coliseum and the sales and marketing operations of the Islanders. The source said that any deal that is made with another group would be a “merger and not a sale” and that nothing is imminent. New York Daily News

July 10, 2014 Updates

It’ll be fifth All-Star game in New York next February 15, but the first time the weekend will be shared by two boroughs. The Friday and Saturday events – which include the Slam Dunk and 3-point contests – will be held in Barclays Center. Sunday’s All-Star Game will be at Madison Square Garden. As part of the agreement to split the All-Star Game, the Barclays Center will be given the chance to host Sunday’s All-Star game as early as 2017. According to the NBA, the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando generated $95 million for the Florida city in “economic impact.” New York Daily News

May 27, 2014 Updates

The Nets will soon unveil their plans for a practice facility in Brooklyn's Industry City, a $45 million rehab of the top two floors of a 100-year-old industrial warehouse, complete with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan. Irina Pavlova, president of ONEXIM Sports and Mikhail Prokhorov's representative in New York, heads up the project, working with David Carlock, a member of the Barclays Center board of directors and an arena consultant. NetsDaily

April 25, 2014 Updates
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Tech Republic says Barclays Center "is considered the most connected stadium in the world" ... at least until the 49ers open their new stadium this summer. The technology magazine says that by doing things like improving Wi-Fi access and setting up special apps for the arena and team, Barclays and the Nets have created a standard others will have to meet. Reporter Teena Hamilton describes what you can find at the Brooklyn arena... An average of 4,000 to 5,000 fans accessing the 17,500-seat arena's Wi-Fi on any given night, and using the in-house team app to get instant replays and watch multiple camera angles on their mobile devices. Fans can also order drinks and food from their seats, and upgrade those seats as soon as they walk into the arena. NetsDaily

February 16, 2014 Updates

It already will be different, as the Friday and Saturday events will be at Barclays Center and Sunday's All-Star Game will be at the Garden. But Silver, in his first state of the league address, said instead of the fan-friendly Jam Session that features interactive basketball activities, the NBA might do something involving all five boroughs. "Several members of the Knicks and Nets are in town studying everything that they're doing here in New Orleans," Silver said. "One of the ideas we have talked about, and it's consistent with a focus on the game, is to expand the All-Star experience to all five boroughs through programs for kids, a series of clinics throughout the New York area. "As opposed to one focused Jam Session, taking the game to the schools and having a program involving coaches and kids leading up to All-Star Weekend, that's one of my primary focuses." Newsday

December 17, 2013 Updates
December 12, 2013 Updates

Coming soon to Barclays Center: The battle of the trendy hotels. Lodging-industry leaders are throwing their considerable clout into two Downtown Brooklyn hotels being built close to Brooklyn's popular new arena – and two very different types of attention-grabbing concepts are being deployed. Both new hotels will seek to capitalize on their proximity to Barclays, which in its recently finished first year in business became the Numero Uno concert venue in America. One will be part of a high-end Marriott boutique hotel group whose iconic properties include the storied Algonquin. The other will be a new brand of hotel for health-and-fitness-conscious travelers created by InterContinental Hotels Group. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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