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The Nets' "See-Through" Arena

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Bobby Marks - New Jersey Nets
Bobby Marks - New Jersey Nets

In a new book, SHoP architects talk about what will be one of most striking aspects of Barclays Center, its see-through layout. "At the sidewalk level, the public concourse is predominantly glazed to ensure optimum visibility through to the arena's interior spaces," they write. In layman speak, that means you'll be able see inside the arena from the entrance or Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.

It's also becoming a key promotion tool for the arena. Bob Sanna, the Forest City Ratner executive in charge of construction, talks to both News12 and Engineering News Record, two divergent news media, about what you'll see in Brooklyn. "The building had to be transparent and activate the street—not just a big blank wall," Sanna says. You mean like the Garden, Bob?