This has become the week of the Great Reassurance, as
Nets spokespeople ramp up a vigorous campaign to convince the world that the
Nets are really coming to Brooklyn. Both No Land
Grab and Atlantic
Yards Report have excellent rundowns on the action, ranging from wooing 40 fans at the Barclays
Center showroom in the The New York Times building, to a press
conference in which Bruce Ratner
seemed to slide the actual opening date a bit further out into the next
note, thanks to the wonders of blog commenting, comes the
above-linked NetsDaily blog item, which includes this optimistic public relations statement: The team
anticipates that at least 35% of the Nets’ New Jersey season ticket-holders will
move with the team and to facilitate that is considering shuttle bus service
from New Jersey to Brooklyn once Barclays Center opens.
That's of course a crucial bit of the argument for why the Arena will be
good for Brooklyn--all that extra money flowing over from New Jersey. But
a reader named Trenton immediately questioned the math:
Trenton, rest assured that many people are working hard to
make sure you never have to make that bus ride.
I’d say if anything, the courtside people and some of the very low lowers
would consider that, pending that they can get the same seats at the same rate.
That would represent about 12% of the arena (guessing) and if that is the
case I would not broadcast it.
Personally, I would not drive up to the Meadowlands,
hop on a bus, then ride to the game, hop on the bus again and drive