I was really excited when it was announced a few years back that the NBA’s New Jersey Nets would be moving to Brooklyn. A brand new arena, the Barclay’s Center was built in Downtown Brooklyn as the new home for the Nets.
The 2012- 2013 season is the first for the Nets in Brooklyn. The Nets are the first major professional sports team to play in the borough since the Dodgers left for L.A. in 1957. (The Cyclones have been playing minor league baseball in Brooklyn since 2001.)
I always wondered what it would be like to have a team to go watch and cheer for close to home. Although I am not much of a basketball fan anymore, I had to make it to a Nets game in their inaugural season in Brooklyn.
|View from our seats in section 214|
For a while I had been trying to figure out when to get to a game. One problem was that the cheaper, affordable seats are not always available.
The night before the game, my older brother called me and mentioned that he could get tickets for the game at a pretty good price. I decided to go since I wasn’t sure that I’d get to a game if I passed up this opportunity.
We payed $30 for seats that usually sell for $40 + tax/ fees. I was really impressed with the view of the court. We were in the second, upper level but for the price I could not complain.
I wandered around the Barclays Center and was really impressed with the food options. Quite a few well known, local restaurants had stand inside. Some options that I was happy to see inside were Brooklyn Farmacy, Calexico, Fatty ‘Cue and Junior’s.
We decided to get food from Fatty ‘Cue which did not disappoint. The prices, while not cheap were reasonable enough for a professional sports arena. I’d definitely recommend trying the brisket mac n cheese.
|The view just behind court-side|
In the third quarter we were able to move down to seats on the lower level, just behind the court- side floor seats. The views were incredible and you could really see just how tall the players are. As great as the view was, the court looked better with the overhead view.
The game was a lot of fun to check out and I really enjoyed wandering around the Barclays Center. I didn’t stay until the end but the Nets beat the Denver Nuggets 119-108!
|Shack Burger & Fudge-eddaboutit Concrete|
After leaving the game, we drove about 5 minutes away to the Brooklyn location of Shake Shack at Fulton Mall. Stopping by Shake Shack and having a burger and concrete was a great way to end the night!
A second Brooklyn Shake Shack will be opening in Fall 2013 right across the street from the Barclays Center.
Check out the Brooklyn Nets online HERE to find out more about the Barclays Center and purchase tickets to a game.