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Brooklyn Go Hard: Much Fanfare Expected For Barclays Center's Opening Event
Published September 28, 2012
NEW MUSIC SCENE: In N.Y., James McKinley Jr. writes the performance space at Barclays Center "will fundamentally transform the music scene in New York City." The arena's opening "is being closely watched in the music business, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Manhattan, at Madison Square Garden, which for generations has been the only game in town for arena acts and has earned a reputation as a career-defining concert hall." Concert promoters and booking agents said that such competition "is inevitable, and Barclays has already positioned itself as an alternative, booking several marquee performers who have played the Garden in the past." Playing host to three professional sports teams and St. John's Univ. basketball, MSG's calendar "has long been extremely crowded," and it has become "even tighter over the last two years as it has undergone renovations." AEG Live President & CEO Randy Phillips said, "I consider it a godsend Barclays arena is there. Prior to this we were really kind of held hostage on a tour to the availability of Madison Square Garden" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/28).
DOING BIG BUSINESS: In N.Y., Rich Calder writes the "much-hyped opening" of Barclays Center is "opening the floodgates to a slew of new high-end eateries, sports bars, apartment towers and retail shops." More than "a dozen other new eateries are also in the works within three square blocks of the arena" (N.Y. POST, 9/28).