Thursday’s Nets opener could be postponed by Sandy aftermath

The worst of Hurricane Sandy has passed us, and Field of Schemes HQ is relatively unscathed. The New York City subway system is expected to be out of commission (or mostly so) for several days, though, which could cause big problems for the inaugural Brooklyn Nets home opener scheduled for Thursday, writes Atlantic Yards Report:

There’s been no word yet about the impact of the huge storm Sandy on the Barclays Center, other than the predictable (and early yesterday) announcement that [last night]’s Journey concert would be canceled.

However, given that the subway system “has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night,” according to Chairman Joseph Lhota, and the city faces enormous challenges after power outages and flooding, as reported by the New York Times, it will take days, perhaps more, for the city and region to recover.
So I’m not going out on a limb to predict that [tonight’s Smashing Pumpkins concert at the arena will be canceled. [Sunday] night, the first in a week of Jimmy Kimmel shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music–a series keyed to the Brooklyn Nets season–was canceled
What about the much-anticipated Brooklyn Nets home opener Thursday, Nov. 1, against the New York Knicks? The Times’s Howard Beck confirms “no definitive word” from the NBA.

Needless to say, this isn’t the biggest concern in New York right now, what with several blocks of a neighborhood in Queens burning down and entire highways submerged. But it will put a bit of a damper on the Nets’ official coming-out party. The NBA is still discussing whether or not to postpone the game; if they don’t, expect lots of cheap tickets on StubHub from ticketholders unable to get to the game without a boat.

[UPDATE: And this just in: The game will go on as scheduled, notwithstanding that all subways and many bridges and tunnels remain closed. Now to see whether ticketholders from outside Brooklyn (or too far away in Brooklyn to take a bus) dump their tickets on StubHub as expected, or if they can’t because they’ve all lost power and the arena ends up half empty.]


9 comments on “Thursday’s Nets opener could be postponed by Sandy aftermath

  1. Nice to hear that the floodwaters are subsiding.
    18k seats and around 2k parking spaces nearby sounds like a disaster if mass transit isn’t working smoothly. Or did tickets come with clown-car-type packing instructions ?

  2. I just cannot picture myself moving to an area that’s hurricane- or tornado-prone.

    Just sent you an email, Neil… The State of California just blocked $30M in funding for the 49ers new stadium. Sorry for the O/T.

    Good luck out there. Sounds like a pretty atrocious situation. Last night, we talked to a family friend who attends university in NYC. Sounds pretty scary.

  3. Lol. And now Mike Bloomberg tells the NBA “whoah guys, I know you want to take the new arena out for a spin but that’s insane, our subways and buses are barely working” and the game is off.

  4. Greg Rolie was the original Journey singer. They made three albums before Steve Perry joined the band.