Brooklyn Nets want fans to gather at Barclays Center oculus for press conference

Bruce Bennett

Thursday's press conference welcoming Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry to Brooklyn will be streamed live into the Barclays Center oculus and the Nets want their fans to gather at the entrance plaza to watch it.

"We are welcoming fans to come to The Daily News Plaza outside Barclays Center and watch the press conference on the oculus," the team said in a press release Tuesday.

The press conference begins at noon Thursday and is expected to last more than an hour with interviews afterwards. In addition to the four players, Billy King and Jason Kidd will be on hand. It will be carried live by YES, with Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Sarah Kustok handling anchor and reporting duties. It will be broadcast on ESPN as well and streamed on brooklynnnets.com ... and on the oculus. YES will re-air the press conference at 7 p.m and 11 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

The Nets expect a lunchtime crowd on the plaza. Its the first time the Nets have encouraged fans to watch a live event on the oculus which is as large as a basketball court and hangs 35 above the plaza. The press conference itself will be held on the arena floor, unlike others which have taken place in the atrium just inside the arena. Gary Sussman, the vice president for P.R., says the press conference will be the most heavily attended off-season media event in team history.

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