Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and other officials and community leaders on Friday will officially unveil Barclays Center, the first building in the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn.
The facility designed by SHoP Architects and AECOM will open to the public on Sept. 28 with the first of eight sold-out concerts by Jay-Z.
A new subway exit at the Atlantic Avenue station opened this week to serve the arena that will be home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, which moved from New Jersey and will play at Barclays in the upcoming 2012-13 season.
The arena is part of a nearly $5 billion sports and entertainment and broke ground in March 2010 after a Brooklyn judge struck down a legal challenge by property owners opposed to the state's use of eminent domain to condemn the private property for the project.
Other officials scheduled at the ribbon cutting include Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Barclays Executive Chairman of the Americas Thomas L. Kalaris and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark.