When Brooklyn Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner was showing reporters around the Barclays Center the morning before the New York Islanders first training camp there, he mentioned a number of times how this is the perfect way to cap off the first year there. He was probably right and what a year it has been. Let’s take a look back via Norman Oder of the Commercial Observer:
- The Barclays Center was No. 1 in the country in concert tickets sold and No. 3 in the world.
- It’s No. 1 in overall revenue from concerts and family shows in the country and second in the world for the first half of 2013.
- There were 90 concerts and family shows in the last year and 20 of them sold out.
- In Dec. 2009 they projected there would be 40-45 concerts in the first year, but there were actually 64 including all eight Jay Z shows.
- The Nets averaged 17,187 fans during the 2012-13 inaugural season or 96.9 percent capacity (capacity is 17,732 for basketball games).
- That’s good for 16th best in the NBA, but first in percent growth (23.1 percent).
- 8.8 percent of fans walk home after Nets games, 10.3 percent walk home on weekends, 36.9 percent return to Brooklyn on weekdays, 34.5 percent on weekends.
- 24.3 percent of fans go back to Manhattan after games on weekdays, 20.5 percent on weekends.
- 9.8 percent of fans go back to New Jersey after weekday games, 9.6 percent on weekends.
Not bad for the first year at the new arena.