With the Nets about to begin a big season ticket drive for next season, Bruce Ratner was on FOX 5 Friday afternoon selling the basketball-centric aspect of Barclays Center, saying the "energy is this building is what [fans] are going to remember."
Specifically, Ratner spoke about how tight the arena is, in all dimensions. "In the upper bowl, youre high up as you are in every upper bowl, but youre not way back. you're almost on top of it." He also mentioned the arena's low roof. "The roof is not that high up, as you'll notice, it's a little closer to the stands and that is so the noise stays in the arena. It doesn't get lost up in the ceiling somewhere.
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The exterior has a certain toughness, a certain grittiness to it.
It was built to be basketball centric. By that I mean, closest stands to the action...it is centered for basketball.
This arena (we) wanted it to be more transparent. We wanted light on both sides. If you walk in the concourse in the daytime or early evening, there'll be natural light. the entrance obviously very light coming right in.
The roof is not that high up, as you'll notice, it's a little closer to the stands and that is so the noise stays in the arena. it doesn't get lost up in the ceiling somewhere. So it has that concept of unity. the entire arena works as one piece together.
In the upper bowl, you're high up as you are in every upper bowl, but you're not way back. You're almost on top of it but way up. you'll feel part of the action as opposed to feeling way laid back and that was the idea.
The most amazing thing about Jay-Z is not only that he's an attractin but that he is involved on a day to day basis, with a lot of this arena and of course the team.