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Knicks at Nets season opener postponed due to storm

Oct 31, 2012, 2:37 PM EST

Brooklyn New Arena AP

Sandy was just too much.

After quietly saying in the last 24 hours they would not cancel the Nets home opener at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, the league confirmed that they would do just that. The reason for the change was apparently the request of New York mayor Bloomberg.

“Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm.”

The Knicks at the Nets will be postponed until a future date yet to be set.

The reason isn’t the Barclays Center itself, which suffered almost no damage from the storm, but rather it is the damage in and around the city — particularly to mass transit.

Barclays’ officials estimate about 80 percent of the people who come to the game would do so via mass transit. There are 11 subway and rail lines that serve the Barclays Center and that was the preferred and suggested way to get there — however currently all subway and rail lines are shut down in New York. While some limited service may be available by Thursday night, it could not handle the loads coming to the new arena.

The arena is in a dense area of Brooklyn that has almost no public parking, yet most people would have had to try and get there by car over the Brooklyn Bridge. It would have been a disaster.

So the league did the smart thing and postponed the game. Which sucks for the Nets (the Knicks may be healthier when they meet next), for the building operators, for Brooklyn. But it was the right thing to do.

  1. jobotjones - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    More like they had to give refunds and noone was buying tickets. Nice try NBA you arent fooling many people.

  2. decimusprime - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    So which is it Kurt? You say in the beginning they are about to cancel the game and then you say it has been towards the end. Well, which is it?

  3. tomtravis76 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Is that picture photshopped? Or is that a mural or a screen showing a futbol game? That is pretty sick if it is screen.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Yeah it’s a screen. I’ve seen ti it’s actually pretty dope when youre in the middle of that thing.

  4. ashleyspashley - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    why not open the doors for everyone that can get to the game with free admission, a free burger or hot dog and a free beverage??? this would allow several things to happen: 1. the people who can get to the game can watch their team, stay warm, and get a meal; 2. it would promote a stinger fan base for Brooklyn not just in New York, but everywhere. nothing says I LOVE New York quite like paying back your fans…especially when so many of them are in a time of SERIOUS need

  5. dysraw1 - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    bummer

  6. reupjosh - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    No Kurt, it was not the right decision. People, such as myself, who paid a super inflated ticket price paid to be witness to an historical night in a new building against the crosstown rivals. Brooklynites will show up. I live in BK, the buses are running. Just because that idiot Spike Lee and Bloomberg might have to share a car with strangers to cross the bridge is no reason to stop the game. This would have been a rally cry for the city and the borough… Something to temporarily keep people’s minds off the devastation around us. Instead, you have thousands of disgruntled fans.

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