I paid my first up-close-and-personal visit to the Brooklyn Nets‘ Barclays Center on Monday, and … well, suffice to say that the giant Barclays logo on the roof is the least remarkable element of the place (click on photos to enlarge):
Other notes: I wasn’t able to get a good photo through the glass, but passersby can get a glimpse of the scoreboard and part of the seating bowl through the front doors, which is kind of a nice touch. And the roof is gently lit by specks of light at night, which makes it a less hulking presence (though the video screen is way, way more hulking at night).
Other than that, the main impression I came away with was “Man, that’s a lot of brown.” It definitely makes a major architectural statement; whether it’s the kind of statement the neighbors will ever grow to love is an open question, and probably one that will depend less on architecture than on whether arenagoers take the train as hoped, or insist on driving around in circles for an hour looking for parking. I expect that large numbers of Jay-Z attendees this weekend will be able to handle public transit; when the Barbra Streisand fans descend after that, though, watch out.