New Jersey Nets Barclays Center: Jay-Z to Christen Arena With Multiple Shows

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
September 26, 2011|11:17 pm

The New Jersey Nets will be moving into Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn sometime during September 2012, and leading the charge through promotions and concerts is part owner, Jay-Z.

Hip-Hop mogul, music superstar, and sports enthusiast, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has plans to overtake the Knicks and make Brooklyn the Mecca of New York basketball.

The Daily News is reporting that Jay-Z hopes to perform at least eight shows at Barclays Center next fall to help generate buzz in the new arena.

In a live interview during Fox 5 NY's "Good Day New York" on Monday (September 26), Jay-Z appeared at the construction site to talk about his vision for the new Nets and the arena.

Jay Z said of the move, "It's great, I have a reason to come to Brooklyn often, which is fantastic for me because this is my foundation.”

The new building has already impacted the surrounding area in a major way by providing new jobs for people.

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Jay-Z expressed his love for his home borough through a song by his now deceased friend, the Notorious B.I.G. "Biggie had a line, 'Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way.' It's just how we feel, it's a deep love we have for our heroes."

"I'm going to open the building with a concert – or a couple of concerts actually," he said to Fox 5. "It's going to be more than about basketball; it's an entertainment arena."

Starting in the late 80s as an underground rapper from the area's Marcy projects, Jay-Z rose to prominence in the mid 90s when he began chronicling his life on the streets as a drug dealer before finding success as an influential rapper. Now the rapper finds himself a family man, with one child on the way with fellow entertainer, Beyonce Knowles.


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