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Barclays Center: No Longer Wrapped in Ribbon

Barclays Center unveiled by Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Mayor, Mikhail Prokhorov, Brooklyn Nets Owner, Thomas L. Kalaris, Executive Chairman of the Americas, Barclays in Brooklyn, NY on September 21, 2012.
Photo by Charles Guerin/ABACAUSA.COM (Newscom TagID: abausaphotos812429.jpg) [Photo via Newscom] The gang's all here.

As you've probably heard, the ribbon cutting for Barclays Center happened this morning. The place isn't exactly open yet — that won't happen until a week from tonight with the first Jay-Z concert, though there will be some private events this week — but the whole gang, including Mayor Bloomberg, Mikhail Prokhorov, Bruce Ratner, Brett Yormark, Brook Lopez, and basically everybody but Jay-Z, was there to cut the ribbon. (We weren't; we're allergic to comically oversize scissors. Also, we had another assignment.) For a breakdown of pretty much everything from every angle, Nets Are Scorching has a terrific Storify thread that brings in every media tweet that escaped for public consumption, John Schuhmann has the official quotes, and our own Justin Davidson has a positive review of the building itself. Soon there will be actual games there. It begins.

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