Brooklyn Nets Season Opener Won’t Be Delayed By Hurricane Sandy

by October 31, 2012

There had been some fears that the hurricane that devastated New York would postpone this season’s initial tilt between the Knicks and Nets. That no longer appears to be the case. Per the NY Post: “Hurricane Sandy couldn’t delay the return of professional sports to Brooklyn. The NBA announced last night that the Nets’ season opener against the Knicks at Barclays Center tomorrow night will go on as scheduled, despite the devastation the storm left in its wake across the five boroughs Monday. […] But a Barclays Center official said the arena made it through the storm virtually unharmed, and although a Smashing Pumpkins concert scheduled for tonight has been postponed the Nets are set to practice there today after being off the past two days. The team’s New Jersey practice facility was without power yesterday, as was much of the surrounding area. […] Now the decision to play the game as scheduled as been made, the question becomes how many fans will be able to make the trip to attend the game. One of the major selling points that both the Nets and arena officials have pushed about their new home is that Barclays Center is accessible by 11 different subway lines, as well as the Long Island Rail Road. But getting to the arena tomorrow — or, for that matter, to the games there on Saturday and Monday — via public transit is likely to be extremely difficult, if not impossible. While the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges all opened yesterday, the city’s entire subway system has been closed since 7 p.m. Sunday evening, and officials said because of flooding inside of the subway tunnels, it could take up to four or five days before the service is completely restored.”