Barclays Center Opens Right by Dean Street
The widely anticipated Barclays Center is slated to open this fall and poised to become the premiere venue in Brooklyn. The state of the art facility will open on September 28th, with a series of sold out Jay-Z concerts. In addition to music, the new arena will feature NBA basketball, with the Nets moving to town from New Jersey and finally bringing professional sports back to Brooklyn. The Nets will kick off their season at home on November 1st with a much anticipated game against the New York Knicks. Boxing will also be featured: Danny Gonzales and Erik Morales will trade blows on October 20th. The fight is being promoted by Oscar de la Hoya and his company, Golden Boy Productions.
The majority owner of the arena is Bruce Ratner, who still owns 20% of the Brooklyn Nets franchise. He did his best to ensure that the new facility gives its patrons the ultimate entertainment experience. Jay-Z, who owns a small stake in the Nets, designed 100 floor-level “Vault Suites.” The Disney Institute has been hired to train employees to provide friendly customer service. Pedestrians on the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic will even be able to look into the Arena and see the scoreboard. In many ways, Barclays Arena is presenting itself as a counterpoint to the iconic Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. All four games between the Nets and the Knicks will be nationally televised.
The 18,103 seat arena can also be configured for hockey, which has led to speculation that the New York Islanders might move to Brooklyn within the next few years. The Islanders will have one game this season in the new building: they will play the New Jersey Devils in a preseason game on the 2nd of October. The Barclays Center is also expected to be home to college sports, the Ringling Brothers, Disney on Ice, WWE wrestling and more.
With such a wide slate of events planned, there will be something for everyone. We are especially excited because the Barclays Center is mere blocks from our bar and restaurant. Our relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a family getting lunch before a matinee or some friends sharing drinks before or after a game.
Getting to a Barclays game or event is simple. The arena was built on top of one of the largest transportation hubs in New York. The Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center subway station is serviced by the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q and R trains. In addition, the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Terminal is also right next door, allowing for easy transport from outside of the city. Trying to find parking is strongly discouraged.
We encourage hungry and thirsty Barclays patrons to come visit us at Dean Street. We are located a brief 5 to 8 minute walk from the venue and are a convenient option for those who want to enjoy a great bar and restaurant that is near the Barclays Center, yet removed from the throngs of people flocking to see a show or game.
Come by on your way to or from Barclays and we will make it worth your while. We are offering great food and drink specials on game days and for special events. Presently, a ticket stub from that night’s event can be redeemed for one (1) free drink with any purchase at Dean Street.
We hope you decide to stop by our restaurant or bar to enjoy some food and a drink while you are in the area. Our staff might not be trained by the Disney Institute, but we will do our best to help you feel at home and make sure you walk out feeling satisfied with plenty of time left to catch the game.