Sports is returning to Brooklyn in a storm — well not really. The Brooklyn Nets may be returning professional sports to the burough, with the New York Islanders following a few years later, but a storm is literally raining on the parade as the Nets home and season opener against the New York Knicks has been pushed back thanks to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast.
The Nets were hoping that fans would be able to get to the Barclays Center, but in the aftermath of the storm that still has left millions without power, getting to the game at this point is just too big of an obstacle. The Nets designed the Barclays so that 11 subways lines fed fans to the stadium, but at the moment all subway and rail lines have been shut down and won’t be opened for a basketball game.
“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 in a statement. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm.”
Limited services would be available, but it would honestly be asking way to much of the area to put off rescue and relief efforts s that the Nets could have their grand unveiling of their new stadium.
The Nets are losing big on this, but it’s not as if their home opener is ruined. The Nets next home game at the Barclays Center is scheduled for Novemeber 3rd, which is this upcoming Saturday, against the Raptors. No, it’s not the marquee game Jay-Z and company were looking for to open up the building officially, but this way the game will be more about the venue than the matchup.
As for the Knicks, when they return to the Barclays Center wither for the makeup of this postponed game, or their next regularly scheduled game there (which is Dec. 11th), they will be a much more healthy team with Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire both likely back at that point.
This isn’t the first time sports in New York has had to pause due to outside circumstances and it likely won’t be the last. But this time, like every other time, it’s for the best.