The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the Nets, officially opened last Friday with impressive bragging rights: they are the most high-tech stadium in sports today.
So, what makes this $1 billion building so advanced? It boasts 8,000 sq. ft. of LED signage, a three-story tall HD center score board, free Wi-Fi, LTE and 3G service both inside and immediately outside the building and an app that lets you order food from your seat. More impressive yet is the Oculus, a 360 degree LED marquee that surrounds the street-level pavilion and will play videos, advertisements and can air footage live during games and performances.
The video production room (shown in the video above) is also very impressive. The in-house lighting system is a new technology that not even the director of technology, Chip Foley, has ever worked with. Off the record, there’s a hidden outpost of Jay-Z’s 40/40 club on the second level. Managers and players neither confirm nor deny that the club exists; says Nets Center, Brook Lopez, “I have to keep my job.”
The Brooklyn Nets will play their first home game against the Knicks on November 1st. Until then, big name performers like Barbara Streisand, Jay-Z, Justin Beiber and The Who will bring the auditorium to life.