The Nets played the last two years at the Prudential Center in Newark. The experience was not something many players enjoyed and some have expressed their feelings about it. Deron Williams was the most notable to speak up about the arena and what it lacked. Williams felt the building was not built for basketball and the sight lines were not great.
What does all this mean for the Nets this year...?
Barclays Center has been equipped with a special lightning system that will be used specifically for Nets games. The lights are supposed to create a "broadway feel" for the Nets as if they are on stage.
The Prudential Center vs The Barclays Center
It might seem like common sense, AECOM architect Scott Sayers said in an email, but because a hockey rink (200 feet by 85 feet) is much wider and longer than a basketball court (94 feet by 50 feet), all the seating is pushed outward to accommodate the ice surface. As a result, when a hockey building is host to a basketball game, the playing surface is smaller but the seats remain farther from the action...
Johnson said the lighting was a big topic of conversation at a meeting last year between Nets and arena officials. It was such a priority, in fact, that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Barclays developer Bruce Ratner both signed off on it. "That's one of the things we wanted—that Broadway feel, where the focus and the lighting is all on the floor," Johnson said.
Tonight the lights will be shining bright vs the Washington Wizards 7:30pm on YES.