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Barclays Center Neighbors See Consumer Increase; Car Commuters Below Projections
Published June 13, 2013
COMMUTING COMPUTING: In N.Y., Matt Flegenheimer cites data from Sam Schwartz Engineering as showing that car use at Barclays Center during the arena's first eight months has "been even lower than had been projected." SSE President, CEO & Founder Sam Schwartz said that to date, "only eight events, including concerts by Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber and Andrea Bocelli, had filled even half of the on-site parking spaces." For weekday Nets games, "more fans traveled from Manhattan (36.4 percent) than from Brooklyn (31.6), almost always by public transportation." Only about 8% of fans "came from New Jersey, the Nets’ former home." The findings "drew in large part on 5,633 surveys conducted during eight Nets games: five on weekdays and three on weekends, when car use increased" to about 32% (N.Y. TIMES, 6/13).