Planning The Barclays Center

You'll learn about:

  • The complexities of inter-related issues that create obstacles during the planning of large-scale developments.

  • How to balance larger regional benefits against localize impacts

  • The importance of adjusting planning and design concepts throughout the planning process

  • The impacts of environmental, economic, and physical constraints for large-scale projects

In 2004, the New Jersey Nets came under new ownership with plans to relocate the team across the Hudson River to Brooklyn, which had been without a major sports franchise since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. The planning and design of the project took nearly six years, with construction taking an additional two years. Over the course of this period, the project team dealt with a series of controversial issues including an eminent domain case and subsequent appeal, a notable change in ownership mid-way through the design phase, several major design changes, a new subway station, and the structural complexity of building an arena partially over the Long Island Railroad rail yard. Since opening on September 21, 2012, the Barclays Center, which originally intended to serve as a home for just the Nets, has attracted the New York Islanders and, is perennially listed on the top five highest-grossing venues in the United States. This panel will discuss a variety of planning issues, including eminent domain, redevelopment, environmental impacts, rezoning, economic development, mass transit, and urban design.