Assuming the NBA’s players and owners come to an agreement before the 2012-2013 NBA season, the team currently known as the New Jersey Nets will be playing at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We assume the team will be called the Brooklyn Nets by then.
Barclays Center is the “centerpiece” of a commercial and residential project called Atlantic Yards. The Barclays arena is being built in part on a platform above the Vanderbilt Yards rail yard. When Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the Nets in 2010 he alsotook on 45% ownership of the Barclays Center.
The two-day college “Coaches vs Cancer” college basketball tournament is scheduled to be played at the Barclays starting in November 2012.
There will be plenty of easy access to Barclays Center using public transportation. One of the key reasons for the location of the project is the proximity to the New York Subway’s Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street station (served by the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q and R trains) and the Long Island Railroad’s Atlantic Terminal, both about a block away from the arena.
At the moment there are no places to stay in the immediate neighborhood, but TheRealPlaces.com does have a guide to the hotels closest to Barclays Center in Brooklyn – future home of the Nets.