Exactly two months from today — October 2, 2012 — the Barclays Center will host its first sporting event. The place officially opens on September 28, with the first of Jay-Z's eight (eight!) concerts, but smack in between those shows, after the first four and before the second four, the New York Islanders will play the New Jersey Devils in an exhibition game. Now, that game will have a completely ridiculous seating arrangement because the Barclays Center isn't set up for hockey, but no matter: It will be an actual sporting event at the Barclays Center, just two months from today.
We're working on a larger magazine story about how the Barclays Center is going to change sports in this town (as well as how it'll change Brooklyn itself), but for today, with the place "95-to-98 percent" finished, thought we'd just take a moment to look at the first couple of months of sporting events at the new digs. You can see the full (and in-progress) schedule of events right here, and the number of shows they've booked is impressive, if a bit moldy. (Journey, Rush, The Who, the very recently booked Bob Dylan, who will play on November 21. And don't forget Bieber.)
But sports-wise, it's mostly gonna be the Nets at first. Their home opener is already famously November 1 against the Knicks, but they will be getting comfortable with Brooklyn fast; their first three games, and six of their first eight, will be at the Barclays Center.
Non-Nets-wise, here are the 2012 sporting events at Barclays:
October 2: Exhibition NHL, Islanders vs. Devils
October 7: Harlem Globetrotters against (we presume) Washington Generals
November 9: College Basketball, Kentucky vs. Maryland ("presented by Sheets™ Brand Energy Strips")
November 16-17: College Basketball, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic: BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Joseph's (bracket not yet set)
November 18: Gymnastics, Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Wieber Fever)
November 19-20: College Basketball, Legends Classic: Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA and Georgia (bracket not yet set)
December 15: College Basketball, Michigan vs. West Virginia, Princeton vs. Fordham
December 22: College Basketball, Seton Hall vs. LIU, South Carolina vs. Manhattan
They're gonna be keeping that place busy. The New York City sports landscape, for better or worse, is going to be changed dramatically two months from today. We're not sure what to expect. But we can't wait.