In the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events.
Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects, Barclays Center serves as the state-of-the-art home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed for a modern multi-purpose arena, and is a model for sustainable design and construction. Unparalleled sightlines for 17,732 welcome basketball fans to the action and audiences of up to 18,000 can be accommodated for musical or other performances. Professional hockey will soon be part of Barclays Center’s programming line-up when the New York Islanders move to the borough in 2015.
For its environmentally sustainable practices, Barclays Center has earned LEED® Silver Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Congress becoming the first professional sports and entertainment venue in the New York metro area to achieve this status.
In receiving extensive critical acclaim, Barclays Center has been recognized with several major awards including the 2013 Sports Business Awards Sports Facility of the Year, 2012 Pollstar Award Best New Major Concert Venue, Architizer A+ Building of the Year Award, and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Brooklyn Building Award for Economic Development.
Since its opening on September 28, 2012 with eight consecutive sold out shows by JAY Z, Barclays Center has continued to host the world’s most renown performers, including Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Andrea Bocelli, Dave Matthews Band, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, all worthy of top billing on the arena oculus.
The success of these events has been covered by Billboard and Venues Today magazines, which ranked Barclays Center as the top-grossing U.S. venue for concerts and family shows and the top-seller of tickets in their 2013 report.