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Barclays Center

Our guide to Barclays Center in New York includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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It’s hard not to notice how fiercely independent Brooklyn is as you walk through it. Sure, it is one of the five boroughs that make up New York City, and many parts of Brooklyn still ooze that New York feel.

But just look around for a bit and you’ll quickly notice just how much you see the word “Brooklyn,” as though it is its own city. And so it figures that it would have its own arena — Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets.

It sure feels like you’ll see the word “Brooklyn” in Brooklyn more than you’ll see the word “Manhattan” in Manhattan, “Queens” in Queens, and so on. The most clear-cut example of this, of course, is now the Nets.

Previously they were the New York Nets and the New Jersey Nets, but once they moved into the sparkling new Barclays Center in 2012, they became not the New York Nets again, but the Brooklyn Nets. Sure, it was partly a nod to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the last pro sports team to call the borough home, but it’s also another indication of Brooklyn’s strong identity.

And the arena the Brooklyn Nets call home seems to fit right in with their home borough — nestled in one corner of the very busy intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, it is not easy to miss. It’s a quite distinctive and quite flashy building (more on that later), yet it manages to blend into the surrounding neighborhood more than overwhelm it.

You get the feeling that, were Barclays Center in Manhattan, it would get lost amid the tall buildings. Here, though, it’s just right, and that feeling only increases when you go inside.

For several seasons, the NHL’s New York Islanders moved in and attempted to make Barclays feel like home, but quickly found it to be a terrible mismatch. The Isles eventually returned to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island full-time as they awaited the construction of a new arena outside the New York city limits.

For more on visiting Brooklyn, check out our New York City sports travel guide.


Getting to Barclays Center

Barclays Center is darn near impossible to miss. And you’d have to be super-inattentive to miss it if you’re arriving by subway, which for my money is the only way to attend a sporting event in New York proper.

The Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station is served by no less than eight subway lines coming from many different parts of the city. The station is big (the Long Island Rail Road also stops at this terminal, for those fans heading in from the east), and depending on which line you’re on, your walk may be surprisingly long.

But there are signs everywhere pointing the way to Barclays Center, and if you follow the directions and ascend the right staircases/escalators, you will emerge at street level with the arena staring you right in the face.

If you’re driving in, get ready for a slog through Brooklyn streets. Though Barclays Center is located at a major intersection, of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, it’s not close to any highways, and during rush hour, getting anywhere quickly is difficult. 

Parking at Barclays Center

Like almost anywhere in New York City, parking around Barclays Center is quite limited and mostly available through independent garages in the surrounding blocks. Expect to pay at least $25 for a pass, and much higher if you get within a block or two of the arena. Barclays Center does offer advance-purchase parking through ParkWhiz.

Brooklyn hotels near Barclays Center

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn – 0.4 miles away
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown – 0.4 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn – 0.4 miles away
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Things to do around Barclays Center

As mentioned previously, Barclays Center occupies a major intersection in Brooklyn, with a major shopping center, the Atlantic Terminal Mall, across Atlantic Avenue and blocks of smaller shops, including a Modell’s and a couple other sports souvenir shops, on the other side of Flatbush Avenue.

The mall has a few chain eateries — namely a Buffalo Wild Wings and a McDonald’s, among others you’d typically find in malls — and big-box stores like Best Buy and Target. 

Besides, Brooklyn is a huge borough with a lot of very cool neighborhoods worth visiting such as Williamsburg and Park Slope, and they’re within a 5- to 10-minute subway ride away (technically, Park Slope begins on the other side of Flatbush Avenue from the arena). So there’s really no need to hang out in the vicinity of Barclays Center to have a good time before an event.

If it’s your first time attending an event at Barclays Center, your time is probably better spent gawking at the beautiful plaza in front of the arena, particularly the oculus display that lights up the rest of the plaza with messages and ads and has become one of the most distinctive features of the arena. 

Brooklyn restaurants near Barclays Center

Patsy’s Pizzeria – pizza, 0.1 miles away
Broccolino Italian Restaurant – Italian, 0.1 miles away
McMahon’s Public House – pub, 0.1 miles away
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Watching a game at Barclays Center

Walk into Barclays Center through its main entrance and the first thing you’ll notice is that you can see into the seating bowl. It’s a big opening, first of all, and they fill it very well with a big display of some sort — on the night we visited, because it was Jewish Heritage Night, there was a giant menorah — and, perhaps fittingly since Jay Z has his stamp all over this place, a DJ stand.

Of course, what it also means is that a larger-than-usual percentage of the seats in the arena, at least the ones above the lowest seating bowl, are along the sidelines rather than at the ends. At least for basketball and Brooklyn Nets games, the sight lines throughout the seating bowl at Barclays Center are top-notch.

That goes even if you’re at the very top of the arena. Sure, the players were tiny, but it was tough to complain about the view — with one exception.

Many arenas, including this one, have a contiguous last row in the upper deck. If you’re seated right at the aisle, you have a pretty clear view of Barclays Center’s event floor — as long as nobody’s walking up the aisle. But when it’s high traffic and filled with late-arriving patrons, then you can expect your view to be obscured for longer than you’d probably like.

Wherever your seats are, though, do yourself a favor and walk around at some point. Even the concourses are nice at Barclays Center — wide and clean, with a few interesting displays that pay homage to Brooklyn’s history, including sports teams of the past.

Food and drink at Barclays Center

Whatever your appetite for spending money is, the concessions have you covered, with a pretty wide-ranging menu, featuring items ranging from chicken parmesan sandwiches to Asian dumplings and Cuban sandwiches, and some good local fare. Nathan’s Famous offers its hot dogs here, and celebrity chef David Chang’s Fuku stand sells fried chicken sandwiches.

Both concourses are filled with bars where you can stop and get a draft beer or a cocktail — nearly all of them are named after a different brand of alcoholic beverage. But for a family-friendly drink stop, head to the Hershey Bar for made-to-order milkshakes.

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    The Particulars

    Home Teams
    Brooklyn Nets

    Address
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Year Opened
    2012

    Capacity
    17,732 (basketball)
    15,813 (hockey)

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