Jay-Z, part owner of the Nets basketball team and their new home, celebrated the grand opening of Barclays Center by hosting eight sold out concerts at the new venue.
I was there for the first night and the excitement about bringing the new arena to Brooklyn was visible everywhere you went. Many locals who weren’t even showgoers gathered around Barclays Center before the concert. I watched one guy being interviewed by NBC’s Andrew Siff describe the event as being “like Mahatma Gandhi himself coming to earth”. For some reason his drunken declaration didn’t make the 11 o’ clock news broadcast.