It took nine years and some 35 court battles to build the billion-dollar stadium. The Nets won’t play their first home game against the Knicks until November 1st, but the Center itself opened last Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Coined “the most high-tech stadium in sports,” the Brooklyn Nets’ Barclays Center is outfitted with free Wi-Fi that’s designed to support a packed house full of smartphone-wielding fans, LTE and 3G service from the four major carriers and sponsor MetroPCS, and an app that lets fans order and pay for food from their seats without having to stand in concession lines. There’s also 8,000 square feet of LED signage, including a three-story tall 1080p center-hung scoreboard and the highlight feature of the entire stadium: the Oculus, a 360-degree LED marquee that encircles the outer pavilion.
On to the food, the restaurants inside the stadium are all Brooklyn establishments such as Fatty ‘Cue barbeque, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, and Brooklyn Cupcakes. And hidden away on the second level, there’s an outpost of Jay-Z‘s 40/40 Club.
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