NBA update: Brooklyn Nets debut at Barclays Center postponed
UPDATE: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the NBA season opener at the new Barclay's Center will be postponed. This news follows an earlier announcement that the game would take place as it was scheduled. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, the two teams who were scheduled to play during Thursday's game, will now have to face off at a later date.
"I know lots of people will be disappointed," Bloomberg said during his announcement, USA Today reports. "The players will be disappointed."
The Nets new home opener will now be against the Toronto Raptors and will take place Saturday Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ER.
Our original story is below.
The one thing in New York that won't be affected by Hurricane Sandy is the NBA. The Nets are making their big debut at the Barclays Center on Thursday (Nov. 1), and after a day of indecision, the NBA has announced that the game will go on as planned.
This is a game many fans are looking forward to, as it is the first time the Nets will be playing in the Brooklyn arena after spending the past 35 years in New Jersey. Appropriately, they'll be facing off against the New York Knicks, and that "crosstown rivalry" will surely add to the hype.
Even though the game is still happening (at 7 p.m. Thursday, we should add), it's unclear how many fans are going to be able to get there. Much of New York City is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the MTA is shut down so people can't use the city's public transportation. Worst comes to worst, those unable to attend could (hopefully) get a refund and watch the game at home... that is, they can as long as their power has come back on.