Downtown Brooklyn is bustling as construction on the borough's first professional basketball arena continues. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
A year after breaking ground, the Barclays Center is taking shape -- from what's to become center court to the top of the roof.
"We've gotten 70 percent of the foundation is in. We finished the mass excavation. We have steel circulating around more than half of the site," said Linda Chiarelli of Forest City Ratner Companies.
Nets CEO Brett Yormark gave NY1 a tour of the site. He says the construction is right on track for a 2012 opening when the Nets, for the first time, will play in Brooklyn.
"They've been underserved in the area of sports and entertainment for years. Since the dodgers left in 1957. We're the home team. We're coming back. And we're giving them something to root for," said Nets CEO Brett Yormark.
When completed, nine subways lines and the LIRR will come to the foot of the building in a pedestrian plaza. Inside, there will be 18,000 seats for basketball games and 19,000 for concerts. Barclays Center will also feature boxing matches among its many already scheduled events.
"We're bringing the circus here and Disney on Ice. We have a college franchise we're developing with IMG College for lots of great college sports with basketball and hockey," Yormark said.
Tickets for Brooklyn's inaugural season went on sale this week, offered first to current Nets season ticket holders. Tickets for the general public are expected to go on sale this fall.
Yormark says he expects the place to sell out, particularly when the Nets take on the Knicks.
"We want a great rivalry," said Yormark. "We think when we play the Knicks at the Garden or when they come here to the Barclays Center we want those nights to be some of the biggest nights in New York and in Brooklyn."
The arena's facade is scheduled to go up this summer. And the roof should be done by the end of the fall.