Posted in music | pictures | venues on September 23, 2012

photos by Sachyn Mital

"Every team has a grand plan, and we're moving slowly, step by step, because it's easy to make a strong team, but it's very difficult to make a championship team. So we are on the right way and I'm expecting our championship within three years now," Prokhorov told reporters Friday morning after participating in a ribbon-cutting with partner Bruce Ratner and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the ceremonial opening of the $1 billion Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.

Mikhail Prokhorov has a grand plan for the Nets, who open their new arena in their first season in Brooklyn Nov. 1 against the rival Knicks. "I'm really thirsting for the first of November," he said.

When Prokhorov bought the team in 2010, he said the Nets would capture the NBA title within five years, meaning his plan remains on schedule. -[ESPN]

You could draw a lot of parallels between Brooklyn Nets and the rusty-new Barclays Center, which, before the sports move in, opens to the public with multiple shows by director Jay-Z. Big names like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Green Day/Best Coast, The Who, and Rush and maybe even the Rolling Stones, are also on the concert venue's initial schedule.

The first step towards familiarity is getting the public acquainted with the space, a feat that Barclays Center attempted when they opened their doors to the press on Friday (9/21). With protesters outside, Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov welcomed in photographers, including Sachyn Mital whose pictures continue below...


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Mayor Bloomberg

Mikhail Prokhorov

Chip Foley, director of building technology, Forest City Ratner Companies

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Comments (26)

Pretty dismal in there. Who was the brains behind it? Skeletor?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 3:21 PM

Barclays CentMEHr

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 3:23 PM

Fuck you He-Man! I will get randy with your battle-cat while She-Ra cheers me on at center court.

Posted by Skeletor(!) | September 23, 2012 3:24 PM

Remember guys Radiohead in DEC

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 3:32 PM

It's just so freaking dark. Everything is black except the floor and the lights. So uninviting

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 3:44 PM

the black seats ought to hide the emptiness well once December rolls around and everyone remembers that nobody actually goes to Nets games

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 3:58 PM

None more black.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 4:02 PM

Shows you how much the banks steal from the economy - how many businesses can you think of that can spend that type of money to brand an arena without much of a US presence.

Prob'ly paid for with a day's worth of illegal trades.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 6:06 PM

I wonder if the seats are wider. People in Brooklyn are way fat!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 6:53 PM

Grape soda on tap!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 7:18 PM

I am very excited to have NBA basketball back in New York. Not sure what the Knicks do, but it hasn't been NBA basketball since 1973.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 7:35 PM

everything's so black in there, esp jay z.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 7:45 PM

Is it gonna be safe for whitey over there?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 8:06 PM

The Ingersoll housing projects are quick stroll down the street from the arena. So, no, this is not a safe place for citizens. Don't "explore" around here.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 10:53 PM

Her mother had been a stage actress and rebel in her own family, who gave up her career to raise two daughters

Posted by Artesanos | September 23, 2012 11:41 PM

8:06: Well, of course! Rush is playing there Oct. 22!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 9:16 AM

Definitely don't explore around here. The surrounding hoods, such as Park Slope and Fort Greene, are very dangerous for white people

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 9:29 AM

Jesus, grow some balls you upper-middle class art school pussies. If you want safe and white go back to Vermont.

This arena is going to fucking rule.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 10:10 AM

Looks great in person, fuck sheep that never seen the inside live!

Posted by mrkaremruiz | September 24, 2012 2:31 PM

I don't see an on-screen thank-you to the guy whose property was seized to build the place. Clearly an oversight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:36 PM

9:29: Have you even been to Park Slope? The area is pretty much whitey-safe-white nowadays (most of Park Slope anyway). Fort Greene wasn't THAT bad the few times I've walked through there. Then again, it was late afternoon/early evening-ish. And I've went to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple a few nights and haven't really had to worry too much going home.

10:10: It's probably more like Californiyah they're from, Vermont is probably another location too, haha.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:43 PM

I 3> slums so much more than stadia

Boo for Ratner! Yea for urban blight!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:46 PM

@2:36 There ain't a screen that big to "thank" everybody.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:06 PM

so ugly!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:51 PM

I can't wait to see this place with people in it. I think the idea is that the game is the stage and people provide the color.

Posted by arbz | September 24, 2012 6:58 PM

lol white people

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 7:08 PM

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