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Calipari Gets His Wish: Wildcats at Barclays Center

In a Crain's New York Business report on progress at Barclays Center, reporter Matthew Flamm writes that one of the first events at the arena (beyond the Nets opener and a Jay-Z concert) will likely be a college basketball game between the Wildcats of Kentucky vs. the Terrapins of Maryland.

John Calipari, UK's coach, had said it was his hope that UK would play the first college game at the 18,000-seat arena. Brett Yormark said Barclays has now booked 163 dates out of a planned 220 for 2012-13 and said initial sales of All-Access seats have exceeded his expectations.  Meanwhile, the Daily News in an editorial slammed arena critics, saying they continue to "sue their way toward preserving an urban wasteland", Critics immediately called the editorial "flagrantly ignorant".