August 29, 2016

The Brooklyn Sports Landscape

Brooklyn has been home to a long line of legendary sports teams and athletes including Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Sandy Koufax, Mike Tyson, and Jackie Robinson's Dodgers. Brooklyn continues this premier sports tradition today by hosting highly anticipated autumn of basketball and hockey with their home teams in the lattice-steel grandeur of Barclays Center. Living in Baltic in Park Slope, allows easier to access premium sporting events at one of the most advanced and thoughtfully designed arenas in the world.

The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most recognizable sports teams in the country, not just for their on-court prowess but for their former part-owner (and current superfan), Jay Z. The mogul oversaw the team’s sleek rebranding campaign, which revitalized the franchise, and is often spotted cheering on his team alongside other high-profile fans like wife Beyoncé. But star power extends to the team’s roster as well. After months of rumors, former Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin—who rose to fame by shepherding the Knicks to an unlikely winning streak and becoming the namesake of the international phenomenon “Linsanity”—has confirmed he will join the Nets in the 2016-2017 season.

In anticipation of Lin’s arrival, an enterprising fan trademarked a new moniker—“Brook-Lin”—which is sure to grace headlines and paraphernalia sported throughout the borough. The Nets will also debut nine additional players on its revamped roster for the upcoming season, which begins in October. Fans can watch the team courtside or in luxury viewing suites, courtesy of the All Access Premium Hospitality ticket package, which also includes entree to the Calvin Klein Courtside Club and the Jay Z-owned 40/40 Club.

Fresh off a play-off win in their inaugural year in Brooklyn, the Islanders are looking to boost their national standings and postseason prospects for an elusive Stanley Cup title in the upcoming season. One of the best scorers in the NHL, Andrew Ladd, was recently signed in a major acquisition for the team and will be joined by another stellar new teammate, Jason Chimera. On October 4th, the Islanders will host Manhattan rivals, the Rangers, and will look to extend their 4-0 record against the Blueshirts from last season. With the “ICE Pass,” a premium season-ticket package, fans can follow the action from the best sightlines in the arena and obtain early access to tickets, playoff priority for seats, and all-inclusive food and nonalcoholic drinks.