Brooklyn's Barclays Center will open its doors to the public later this year, but how late the venue plans to keep liquor sales going on event nights is quickly becoming the latest wrinkle in an ongoing dispute between some residents and the arena's management.
The new home to the Nets is the source of a brewing controversy.
According to NBA rules, Barclays won't serve alcohol at concession stands after the 4th quarter. But apparently the arena's four clubs plan to sell up to one hour after events end, possibly as late as 2 a.m. That has some locals fired up because they saw that fact was not made clear.
Forest City Ratner, the developer, said the center is "committed to being a good neighbor."
"In response to community concerns, we have developed a comprehensive security and sanitation plan to keep the area around the arena safe and clean and have instituted a two drink limit per transaction per patron," the company said in a statement. "As we have said, we will comply with NBA regulations and stop serving liquor at public concessions before the start of the 4th Quarter. In addition, the suggestion of Community Board 6, we have also agreed to stop selling liquor at 2:00 a.m. for all other events in all areas of the arena."
The New York State Liquor Authority will hold the hearing to consider a 500-foot exception for the Barclays Center liquor license on Tuesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. The hearing will take place at the Authority's offices at 317 Lenox Avenue, 4th floor, in Manhattan. Public testimony is accepted.