Barclays Center is a two-year old building, but its very expensive roof sprung a leak Tuesday night, delaying the festivities between the Brooklyn Nets and visiting Miami Heat.
The rainy conditions caused a 30-minute delay in the first quarter, and when the action resumed, the Heat hung on for a 95-91 victory.
Per The Record:
“Tonight’s delay was caused by a water leak due to the installation of our new green roof,” a Nets spokesperson said in a statement. “We have taken all necessary steps to rectify the situation.”
The arena opened in September of 2012 at a cost of more than $1 billion. Plans were announced earlier this year to install the green roof, in the hopes the vegetation would make the arena more aesthetically pleasing and contain bass during concerts.
Trouble first emerged late in the first quarter, when arena staff began toweling down the area on the southwest side of the court across from the Nets’ bench. […] The game briefly continued, but with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter play was stopped with Miami leading 24-21. Television cameras clearly showed water leaking from the roof and onto the court. A large trash can, surrounded by towels, was placed on the court to keep the water from hitting the hardwood. Soon, an even bigger trash can was brought in, along with multiple mops and towels, while Nets general manager Billy King stood nearby talking on his cell phone and looking up at the roof.