Jay-Z to christen the Barclays Center with a concert
Jay-Z, co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, will christen the professional basketball team’s new 18,000-seat arena on Saturday night with a rap concert.
The lights were officially turned on at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.
The austere-looking arena has all black seats and metal hanging lights. The polished wooden floor has a herringbone design with the Nets’ new black-and-white logo in the middle.
“This is going to send a loud and clear message that Brooklyn has arrived as a center of exciting entertainment, thrilling big-time sports, and thriving commerce,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This really is a great day for Brooklyn and a great day for New York City.”
Jay-Z is playing a series of sold-out concerts at the Barclays Center.
The arena will be the home to the NBA’s Nets, who were moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn.