NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Construction on the Barclay Center, a sports arena and future home of the the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets, is seen in the reflection of a window displaying a t-shirt that says "Born in Brooklyn," on March 5, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The stadium is scheduled to open September 28, 2012; the New Jersey Nets will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
The first sports event at the new ingloriously sponsored arena in Brooklyn will all but certainly not be the Islanders-Devils preseason game scheduled for Oct. 2. (The NHL in its infinite lockout wisdom has canceled games through September, but the next slate of games is sure to be officially canceled soon.)
But that doesn't mean we can't ogle the new arena and its technological perks that
New Jersey Brooklyn Nets fans will soon enjoy. There have been a few video tours and features from media outlets, but we are unabashedly partial to what our tech-focused Vox siblings at The Verge put together with SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson:
This, from their write-up, also hit the spot:
It's an enticing mix of high-tech and hyperlocal, highlighted by a remarkable sense of style for a contentious and deeply political construction project festooned in corporate sponsorship and named after a bank.
For a select demographic that probably does not read this site, there is also some sort of 40/40 club thanks to Jay-Z which, like Fight Club, no one will talk about. Perhaps one day, too, there will be hockey. We can talk about that.