Compiled by Kyle Stack

Here are the first interior renderings of the Barclays Center, which the New Jersey Nets made public last week. The architectural firm SHoP Architects PC designed these spaces, which include the Main Concourse, Arena Atrium and various clubs, lounges and suites that populate the Barclays.

My first impression of these images was how Barclays will stack up against Madison Square Garden, which is undergoing the first of three major renovations during the next three years. This is a good head-start since we can expect a similar level of modernization with the new MSG.

My second impression is that, while the key areas inside Barclays look very stylish and sleek, I get the sense it looks more like a luxury apartment building on Wall St. than a basketball arena.

Negativity aside, Nets fans should probably feel ecstatic that their own basketball arena is coming to life, at least in computer graphic form. (The building is scheduled to officially open September 28, 2012.) This is certainly a step up from IZOD Center, which had all the charm of an Atlantic City casino.

Images courtesy of the New Jersey Nets