Barclay's Center Opening10:34 AM
We DID IT Brooklyn, WE DID IT!"
- Notorious BIG. 1997
Who can forget those unforgettable words at the 1997 Soul Train Awards. When a young Christopher Wallace aka Notorious BIG triumphantly accepted an award, on our behalf, for his achievements and to breed more pride by spreading love THE BROOKLYN WAY! - Uncle Hov just chillin
People can say a lot...and I mean A LOT of negative things about the entire borough of Brooklyn, It's natives, It's distance, It's layout and what It stands for. But for some reason EVERYONE wants to be from here, say they'd lived here, know someone from here and now....say they have visited the [soon to be Iconic] Barclay's Center, home to the BROOKLYN NETS.
I mean, HELLO!!!! let's be CLEAR #1 this is a BIG ASS DEAL, I mean....we're a borough within a city, a part of a state. Sports teams come to MAJOR CITIES. So that's 1. #2 Branch Rickie [MLB Executive], Charles Ebbets and a host of others were all vying for that Atlantic Yards spot for centuries during the early baseball era. Everyone has always had huge ideas for the current space formerly know as the Atlantic yard, to place a huge stadium. and look who's the pop culture FACE of it, Brooklyn's own, Sean "Jay-Z" Carter, or known in my household as "Uncle Hov". "The Russian" may be most of the money, but we know who will make the decisions, ("reports, Jay only owns 1/15 of the Nets, however he serves as an ambassador for the team as well as a key contributor in the arena. He pushed to change the team’s colors to black and white, redesigned the logo and will dictate most of the music that is played during games" Read more) #3, ummmm it's in BROOKLYN in my back yard. So Hold THAT! Everyone else.
I am truly excited of the history this area holds, the pride it continues to breed and the unforgettable moments WE intend to make while here is enough to make one cry. Although I missed opening night [last night]....it's okay, because if he can performs N* in Paris 12 x's in a row, Performing on night #3 will still be fresh....so I still can't wait, i'm sure it'll be just like the first night he hit the stage and I cannot wait to be a part of it.
Every Brooklynite has kept a journal and photo-log of the progress of our stadium from the first layed brick to final light beam, take a look at my personal photo log of the process, and our fun in in the BK streets in between!