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Nets Owner Optimistic, Orders 2,800 Tons of Steel for Arena

There is still one unresolved lawsuit unresolved and the state has yet to issue condemnation orders for the properties needed to erect the Nets' new arena. But Bruce Ratner is optimistic enough to begin ordering steel for Barclays Center. Ratner's contractor ordered 2,800 tons of steel on July 16, the first order needed to construct what will become the $600 million, 18,000-seat arena. Meanwhile, he, along with Darryl Dawkins and Tim Capstraw, have begun a youth-mentoring program in Williamsburg. Ratner is still aiming for an opening during the 2009-10 season.