A look back at the first year of the Barclays Center

The Barclays Center had an extremely successful first season in Brooklyn capped off by the arrival, albeit brief arrival, of the New York Islanders. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The Barclays Center had an extremely successful first season in Brooklyn capped off by the arrival, albeit brief arrival, of the New York Islanders. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

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.