Sep 14, 2012

BROOKLYN, NY – On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner will join Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Barclays Executive Chairman of the Americas Thomas L. Kalaris, Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and other government officials and community leaders to mark the official unveiling of Barclays Center, the first building that is part of the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn.

The state-of-the art facility, designed by SHoP Architects and AECOM, will open to the public on September 28th with the first of eight sold-out concerts by JAY Z. For a full schedule of events visit www.barclayscenter.com.

Media will have access to tour the arena after the ceremony. More specifics for the press preview are below. Note that RSVPs are mandatory to obtain access, as are official press credentials.

What: Barclays Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

When: Friday, September 21, 2012. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. Press should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for setup.

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY. Note that the press entrance is at Atlantic Avenue near 6th Avenue. It is highly recommended that you use mass transit to get to and from Barclays Center. Barclays Center is located on top of one of the largest transit hubs in New York, including the Atlantic Avenue --Barclays Center subway station. Public transit is the fastest, most convenient way to travel here. For more information and specific directions please use the MTA's Trip Planner.

Who: FCRC Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner; NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Brooklyn Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Barclays Executive Chairman of the Americas Thomas L. Kalaris; and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark.

Press RSVPs are mandatory. Please respond to Jessica Lydon at 212.981.5193 or jessica_lydon@dkcnews.com by close of business Wednesday, September 19th. Only press with official press credentials will be allowed to attend, or with assignment letters from legitimate press outlets, including on-line outlets.