Posted in music | venues on September 21, 2012

rusty looking Barclays Center yesterday (9/20) (photo by RC)
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protesters outside Barclays Center today (9/21) (photo by Stefan Bondy)
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New, controversial Brooklyn arena, Barclays Center (why exactly did Barclays sponsor it?), has its invite-only, ribbon cutting ceremony today at 9:30 a.m. Protesters are on hand. Some of them may be wondering why it looks so damn rusty...

"Is it meant to be that way, with the rust?" one woman asked, squinting at the steel.

"I thought they were going to paint it," said a man who stopped to stare.

No, they are not. For the facade of the Barclays Center, more traditional materials were rejected in favor of 12,000 separate pieces of what is called "weathering steel," and that leathery brown hue, which is the arena's final finish, is not paint but an intended layer of rust.

Weathering steel -- often known by its old brand name, Cor-Ten -- develops a fine layer of rust, which then acts as a protective coating against moisture, slowing its own corrosion process almost to a stop. While it can look suspiciously unfinished to the casual observer, it has many fans in the world of art and architecture. [NY Times]

The Best part about that August 27th NY Times article is the 182 comments.

P.S. Tickets for a Nets vs Knicks game go on sale 9/24 at 10am. Tickets for the Rihanna show go on sale today at noon. Yesterday we found out Best Coast is playing there (with Green Day).

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Comments (53)

Seriously they can't even get "green" right. What on earth is that slimy Dali-esque brown grass? Just wait until the rain drips, birds gets stuck in nooks and crannies etc. etc. etc. There is no way this thing was built well.

Posted by Leah | September 21, 2012 9:07 AM

wow... ugly.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:10 AM

Why so much negativity?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:37 AM

Pretty accurate metaphor of the Obama years

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:39 AM

The guy at the desk next to me just shit his pants.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:40 AM

Rust at the Barclay Center...OCTOBER 22 BIOCHES!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:55 AM

Here BV, I fixed it or you ....

"The Barclays Center is supposed to look a Rusty Trombone"

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:56 AM

Man, remember when they built the Omni Center in Atlanta out of the exact same brand of weathered steel? That was great! Especially the part when all the oxide sloughed onto the sidewalks and then the building eventually rusted straight through and had to be demolished.

Good thing nobody'll ever do that again!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:03 AM

Hear hear, 9:55!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:04 AM

Rust Never Sleeps, LOL

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:05 AM

10:03 - no one gives a fuck about flyover Atlanta. Maybe you should move back home and start Atlanta Vegan?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:06 AM

"The Omni Coliseum, usually called The Omni was an indoor arena located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Completed in 1972, Demolished in 1997"

Not only are you an old fuck, but an old fuck from Atlanta. You wouldn't be gay as well, would you?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:08 AM

ugly ass building. I like how they had gehry for the proposal and once approved dropped real architects.

Posted by gregory | September 21, 2012 10:08 AM

lol Atlanta Vegan lol articles by Paula Dean and Chipper Jones lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:09 AM

10:06, don't type so furiously, you'll break your new Kickstarter-funded iPhone 5.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:10 AM

RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:10 AM

10:10 = Flyover Fluffer!

What gets Flyover Fluffer excited? The words "... aaaaaaaand, CUT!"

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:14 AM

There is a lot of this on Brooklyn Vegan lately http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTSA_sWGM44

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:14 AM

Actually lot of THIS on BV lately:
http://zillionmall.com/products/09553.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:21 AM

There has been a lot of this on BV, and in my life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isn4v6GIRrA&feature=fvwrel

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:27 AM

@ 10:03 and 10:08- I'm a native New Yorker, thanks. I was born and raised here unlike most of the flyover country asshats invading Brooklyn and commenting on this page. And no, I'm not old. I just have a basic knowledge of architectural and civil engineering history. You like this waste of taxpayer dollars? Good for you. The abatement money they spent on this pile of rusting crap could have opened a school or two. This new center is a lot like the both of yall: friggin' useless. Enjoy your day.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:27 AM

Oh sorry: that should have been @10:06 and 10:08.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:28 AM

^ I think it's an eyesore and a waste. So, you (10:27) and the Barclays Center have a lot in common!

You're not old but you "remember when they built the Omni Center in Atlanta" in 1972? RIIIIIIGHT!

#1 - no one in NYC ever gave a fuck about some piece of shit arena in Atlanta.

#2 - how can you "remember" 1972 when you are not old? right, you can't.

YOU LOOSE! LOSER!

You try again tomorrow, fat boy. That's all for now. Our assistant will show you off the stage now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:33 AM

who cares. this is great! blows that POS MSG out the water. Dolan sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:35 AM

i can't wait to hacky sack on that patch of grass, man.

Posted by rc | September 21, 2012 10:39 AM

I'll be interested to hear about how the place handles echoing inherent to (by design!) basketball stadia.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:51 AM

10:35: Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:58 AM

"Man, remember when they built the Omni Center in Atlanta out of the exact same brand of weathered steel?"

good point, though the NY Times article says they pre-dripped the steel in some other location before they brought it here. Probably still going to be a disaster though.

10:33, get a life. Really

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:05 AM

So what do the protesters want to accomplish? Don't they understand the concept of "sunk cost"?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:12 AM

Kids enjoy life,stop whining already.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:14 AM

Get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:28 AM

10:27 = 11:05
I think you need to get a life, chochi

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:38 AM

I like it. Fuck all ya'll.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:40 AM

Fuck losers like 10:27. We've got a hopps team! I'm fine with all of this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:48 AM

That's true. Brooklyn's got a pro sports team again. Not baseball, but this will do for now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:49 AM

"BLAH BLAH BLAH I HATE EVERYTHING HATE HATE HATE"

- Brooklyn Vegan Commenter

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:51 AM

10:27 is probably some broke spindly lefty who wasn't athletic growing up, was therefore unpopular, and now hates sports. I'm sure he would be happy to bore the shit out of you with his insufferable opinions on alt-rock.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:58 AM

I can't wait to see the traffic problems on the BQE and on Flatbush Avenue, once events start happening here. Oh, and not to mention lack of parking around the arena. (the parking lot supplied by the arena is not big enough to handle everyone). Gonna be loads of fun for drivers!
It won't affect me when I want to see a show (I live a few train stops away), but when I'm driving somewhere that requires me to be on the BQE on the night of an event, it's going to suck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 12:08 PM

to add to 12:08, traffic on the BQE and on Flatbush Avenue are ALREADY bad during peak times. Good luck, drivers!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 12:18 PM

blah blah blah bitch bitch bitch my life is sooo hard now that this arena opened.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 12:34 PM

Welcome back to New York, Brooklyn Nets. The arena is perhaps the most mass transit accessible in the world. Can't wait to go. It looks OK to me, but anyway, substance is more important than style, no?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:01 PM

"The arena is perhaps the most mass transit accessible in the world."
Um, no. That would be Madison Square Garden. But to your point yes, there is a plethora of public transit there too.

But that won't stop bridge/tunnel people from trying unsuccessfully to drive and park there when shows happen. Parking is actually somewhat easier in the city (many more parking garages and available spots on the street if you drive around enough).

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:13 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are the ultimate transplant hipster team.

It's a Brooklyn team, but has absolutely no historic association with pre-2012 Brooklyn cuz fuck that noise, right?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:15 PM

12:34. It is! Shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:20 PM

To add to 1:13, at least you can get a yellow cab outside of MSG. Yellow cabs rarely ever drive around Atlantic and Flatbush, unless they're dropping someone off from the city.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:22 PM

1:15 blah blah blah

I live in Brooklyn, love hoops, and would just assume not give any of my money to Jim Dolan.

Go Nets!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:25 PM

1:25 - I think by "just assume", you mean "just as soon".

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:32 PM

"for all intensive purposes" = "for all intents and purposes", etc.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:33 PM

I am a huge Brooklyn Nets fan already!

Like me, all the best things Brooklyn has to offer have come in the past year or so.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 1:57 PM

1:57 - Culture in Brooklyn never existed before you got here. All those luxury high-rises, overpriced restaurants, and clueless out-of-towners add lots of flavor to Brooklyn. Brooklyn was bland before you got here. Thanks for showing up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:02 PM

^successful troll was successful!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:05 PM

successful troll successful troll was successful

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:55 PM

it makes less sense like that though

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 5:24 PM

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