In the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events.
Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects, Barclays Center serves as the state-of-the-art home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed for a modern multi-purpose arena, and is a model for sustainable design and construction. Unparalleled sightlines for 17,732 welcome basketball fans to the action and audiences of up to 18,000 can be accommodated for musical or other performances. Professional hockey will soon be part of Barclays Center’s programming line-up when the New York Islanders move to the borough in 2015.
For its environmentally sustainable practices, Barclays Center has earned LEED® Silver Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Congress becoming the first professional sports and entertainment venue in the New York metro area to achieve this status.
In receiving extensive critical acclaim, Barclays Center has been recognized with several major awards including the 2013 Sports Business Awards Sports Facility of the Year, 2012 Pollstar Award Best New Major Concert Venue, Architizer A+ Building of the Year Award, and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Brooklyn Building Award for Economic Development.
Since its opening on September 28, 2012 with eight consecutive sold out shows by JAY Z, Barclays Center has continued to host the world’s most renown performers, including Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Andrea Bocelli, Dave Matthews Band, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, all worthy of top billing on the arena oculus.
The success of these events has been covered by Billboard and Venues Today magazines, which ranked Barclays Center as the top-grossing U.S. venue for concerts and family shows and the top-seller of tickets in their 2013 report.
And if the unparalleled lineup of entertainment icons isn’t enough, the arena’s 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs and the newest location of JAY Z’s 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express all guarantee that an event at Barclays Center is destined to be a memorable one.
Standards run high in Brooklyn. Good thing, because Barclays Center continues to raise the bar.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
Forest City Ratner Companies
One of the foremost urban real estate developers in the New York metropolitan area, Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) is a subsidiary of the publicly traded, Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises. FCRC and its founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruce C. Ratner, maintain a strong commitment to developments that enhance local communities and encourage economic development.
Established in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, FCRC is committed to the long-term vitality and success of its projects. FCRC oversees the building of developments, and continues to own and manage them, just as it will with Atlantic Yards. As an owner and manager of the property, FCRC remains a community partner long after the construction phase.
In 1985, FCRC spearheaded the first new office construction in downtown Brooklyn in a quarter of a century – One Pierrepont Plaza, which opened in 1988. Since then, Mr. Ratner and FCRC have completed development of many significant mixed-use developments in the area, including MetroTech Center, the $1 billion, 6.4 million-square-foot high-technology office, academic and retail complex, which now hosts over 20,000 office jobs. These developments helped launch the transformation of downtown Brooklyn into New York City’s third central business district, and contributed to what is today considered “the Brooklyn renaissance.”
Other FCRC developments include retail projects such as Atlantic Center, a 400,000-square-foot shopping mall that opened in November 1996 and grew out of FCRC’s desire to bring major national retail outlets to a historically underserved part of the city. The Atlantic Terminal Office and Retail Complex, a 10-story, 350,000-square-foot office building constructed above a 4-story 470,000-square-foot retail shopping center, is located next door to Atlantic Center. The Bank of New York serves as the anchor tenant of the Atlantic Terminal Office Building, which provides offices for 1,500 employees. FCRC has also built hotels such as the Embassy Suites and Hilton Times Square in Manhattan. It built and continues to own the Queens Center Mall.
FCRC developed the new headquarters for The New York Times Company, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano in midtown Manhattan. FCRC is also developing Beekman Tower in lower Manhattan, a building that will include a public school, an ambulatory care center for the NYU Downtown Hospital and a residential tower. The building is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. In Yonkers, FCRC is developing Ridge Hill, which will include residential units, retail establishments, a hotel and an entertainment complex.
FCRC Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner is a firm believer in giving back to the city he loves and engages in philanthropic endeavors that promote a spirit of community and an improved quality of life. Mr. Ratner is a strong advocate for New York City’s park system, believing that our parks play a critical role in economic development and enhancing the urban environment. He is currently a board member of the City Parks Foundation, Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been a trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) since 1989 and chaired its board from 1992 until 2001.
Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, owns and operates 30 properties in the New York metropolitan area.
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is a $11.7 billion NYSE-listed national real estate company. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States.
For more information, go to www.fcrc.com
Onexim Sports and Entertainment
Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc., a new company established by Mikhail Prokhorov, closed on the agreement for the purchase of an 80% stake in the capital of the Nets basketball club and a 45% share in the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn on May 12, 2010.
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