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Arena Facade Hits Flatbush Avenue; Prokhorov Briefs Stern on Progress

Tom Kaminski, WCBS Chopper 880 via Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
Tom Kaminski, WCBS Chopper 880 via Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

The weathered steel facade that will be the Barclays Center defining architectural feature, has now reached the Flatbush Avenue side of the arena. The 11,998 panels, each one slightly different size and shape, are being "hung" on the exterior framework now on Atlantic, Flatbush and 6th Avenues.

At the same time, the southernmost roof truss also along Flatbush is completed, enhancing roof work. Roof panels should start going up around the turn of the year.  Inside, wall partitions, including those separating suites and enclosing the "Nets campus", aka locker room area, are going up. In front, the Barclays Center Transit Connection is now above ground.

They were all presumably part of Mikhail Prokhorov's presentation Wednesday night to David Stern.  The commissioner had both Prokhorov and James Dolan give him separate presentations on the progress of their arena projects.

If the construction continues ahead of schedule, the Nets' first pre-season game of 2012 will be played in Brooklyn a year from this week. It's uncertain whether Mikhail Prokhorov will visit the site while in New York. He last visited the site nearly a year ago before the steel rose around the arena.