UPDATE #3, 2:42 pm: Finally the NBA has come to its senses on this.
The league has decided to postpone this game to a future date, one where the subway service is up and running and people can make it to the game. While the arena is open and available fans would have struggled to get there. Plus it just would have been insensitive.
Sucks for the Nets, though. Not only to delay the opener, but to give a banged up Knicks time to get healthy before they do play is a double whammy.
UPDATE #2, 12:42 pm: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that there will be limited New York subway service restored on Thursday. Not sure that is going to be enough to help much for the many fans who want to get out to Brooklyn for the game, however.
UPDATE 11:45 am: If you want to go to this game, tickets are becoming more affordable.
What had been an expensive game to go see because of the demand for tickets has seen ticket prices drop in the wake of Sandy, reports Darren Rovell at ESPN.
The change in market demand can best be seen on the ticket-resale market. Just five days ago, the cheapest ticket on the secondary market was $201. By Wednesday morning, a fan could buy a seat for $144, according to TiqIQ, a resale ticket-market search engine. On popular resale ticket site StubHub, a lower-level center court seat that couldn’t be had for less than $800 last week can now be snapped up for $550 as of Wednesday morning. The average ticket purchased for the game on StubHub has plummeted 31.5 percent since last week, going from $371 to $253 per seat.
Also, Stubhub.com is giving refunds to fans who bought tickets but now can’t make it to the game.
11:24 am: The show must go on. Even to an empty house.
The Brooklyn Nets will open their season hosting the New York Knicks, the game will be the first regular season game in the new Barclays Center and Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony and all the stars will be there (including Jay-Z). So reports the New York Post.
The NBA announced last night that the Nets’ season opener against the Knicks at Barclays Center tomorrow night will go on as scheduled, despite the devastation the storm left in its wake across the five boroughs Monday….
But a Barclays Center official said the arena made it through the storm virtually unharmed, and although a Smashing Pumpkins concert scheduled for tonight has been postponed the Nets are set to practice there today after being off the past two days. The team’s New Jersey practice facility was without power yesterday, as was much of the surrounding area.
The issue was never the arena, it was how people are going to get to the arena.
The New York subway system is shut down and that is how most people were supposed to get to the arena — 11 subway lines or train lines come to the building. Yet none of them are running and are not expected to be running by game time Thursday (or maybe future games Saturday and Monday).
The Barclay Center is in one of the busiest parts of Brooklyn and an area with little parking — yet by car over the Brooklyn Bridge is the only way to get there from Manhattan.
Still, the show must go on.