Barclays Finally Going Vertical

Adam Pantozzi, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

The first steel for Barclays Center has been delivered and will be erected starting Tuesday, meaning the Nets new home will finally go "vertical", finally see "steel in the sky".  The steel will initially be used for beams, girders and trusses for the main arena, façade support and the canopy.

"The installation of steel is always a major milestone for a construction project," said Bruce Ratner, who's building the nearly $1 billion arena, the world's most expensive. "With the foundation work largely done, we are now poised to go vertical. Over the next several months, the Barclays Center will begin to take on its iconic shape."

The company that's providing the burnished steel "skin" of the arena has said its product will be going up in "December/January".  According to Ratner, the ESDC and Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group, the arena is on schedule to be completed in late spring/early summer 2012...and on budget.

Ratner, Prokhorov and Barclays CEO Bob Diamond all gathered in the owner's box at the Prudential Center Tuesday night.

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