With All-Star Weekend two months away, and preliminary events already underway, the league has begun to release details on who will be playing where --and when-- in the two-arena set up. The All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden, with a number of the other big events, like the Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout at Barclays Center.
In addition, the league will construct two separate fan hubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, known as "NBA Houses," where fans can participate in a variety activities beginning Tuesday, February 10 through Sunday February 15, the date of the game. Players from the Nets and Knicks along with NBA legends will interact with fans, shoot hoops, enter contests and have the chance to win prizes such as jerseys and t-shirts. There will also be basketball clinics for kids. Tickets for multi-hour sessions, which go on sale in January, start at $10.
The "NBA House" for Brooklyn will be at the Paramount Theatre, part of the LIU campus, at 1 University Plaza, a short walk or a single subway stop away from Barclays Center.
The big night in Brooklyn will be Saturday, February 14, the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which includes the Shooting Stars Competition, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. It begins at 8 p.m. The D-League All-Star game will start at 2 p.m. Sunday Barclays Center as well.
Tickets will go on sale for the Brooklyn events this week, through Ticketmaster.
There will be traffic freezes, and potentially closure of a block adjacent to the arena, Captain Frank DiGiacomo, the commanding officer of the 78th Precinct, said on November 25 at a meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council, according to Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report. Also, some Nets insiders are concerned that the three construction cranes stationed around the arena --along with associated scaffolding-- will slow the flow of pedestrian traffic around the arena.
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