On September 28th, 2012, the billion-dollar Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., opened with a Jay-Z concert and lots of hoopla. The rapper is an enthusiastic promoter of the borough of Brooklyn and a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA team that was relocated from New Jersey. By all accounts the arena and the evening were a big success with many stars among the wild and excited audience. Jim Cockinos, AIA, M&H Sports’ Senior Associate, who served as our Project Manager during construction, was in attendance.
Barclays Center is the 34th professional sports facility monitored by M&H Sports to open in the past 20 years. The Nets will play their first pre-season game in the Center on October 15th and will kick off their regular home season against the Knicks on November 1st.
The next M&H Sports project to open will be the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 complex in Austin, Texas, (http://circuitoftheamericas.com/) home of the U.S. Grand Prix to be held this November 18th. Following the Formula 1 complex opening, the next project to be completed will be the NFL’s 49ers Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (http://newsantaclarastadium.com/). The stadium is schedule to open for the 2014 NFL season.
Ricardo Flores, Principal and Los Angeles Branch Manager, heads the M&H Sports team on both projects.