Madison Square Garden couldn’t host the Public School Athletic League’s city finals so it will be held in Brooklyn instead. The Barclays Center announced on Wednesday that it will host the Public School Athletic League’s Division AA boys and girls finals on March 4 at noon.
“Many of Brooklyn’s all-time greatest players have played in the PSAL Championships so it’s only fitting for these celebrated games to be held at Barclays Center,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. “We are delighted to offer the city’s best teams the chance to show their talent on Brooklyn’s biggest stage.”
MSG announced earlier this year that it had a “scheduling conflict” and could not host the PSAL city finals for the first time in 25 years. It was immediately rumored that it would be at the Barclays Center instead, but it hasn’t been official until now. The girl’s game will start at noon and the boy’s game begins at 2:00 p.m.
Lincoln is the heavy favorite to win the city title this year. After Lincoln’s head coach Tiny Morton found out that the game wasn’t being held at MSG, he said that it better be at the Barclays Center and that no other venue would be elite enough.
It’s only natural that the game be moved to Brooklyn anyway. A Brooklyn team has won the last eight city titles and 11 of the last 12 with Lincoln taking eight of those 12 and Boys and Girls three. The biggest favorites outside of Brooklyn to make the game this year are Wings Academy from the Bronx and Cardozo from Queens.