From Sia to Olympic athletes, the Barclays Center has an event for everyone this season.
The 18,200-seat Barclays Center opened its doors to the public in 2012, and has been a central hub for sporting and cultural events in Brooklyn ever since. Home to the New York Islanders hockey team and the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, the center also hosts boxing events, circuses, family shows, and concerts ranging from Jay Z to Arcade Fire.
Located in the tree-lined neighborhood of Prospect Heights, the arena is surrounded by a rich food and cultural landscape, and the arena also houses the Shops at Barclays Center and more than 50 local food vendors. Whether you’re interested in an evening of athletic fanfare or a night spent singing along to your favorite musical artist, the Barclays Center hosts events for entertainment seekers of all kinds, in a neighborhood worth exploring.
Check out these upcoming happenings, but don’t stop there: make a day of it with a visit to one of the area’s great restaurants or parks.
1. Sia ‘Nostalgic For The Present’ Tour
Sia, the international music icon, five-time GRAMMY Award nominee, and multi-platinum selling artist, brings her Nostalgic For The Present Tour to Barclays Center Tuesday, October 25. Throughout the show, enjoy grooving to special guests Miguel and AlunaGeorge, and watch the talented Maddie Ziegler dance along.
2. Powerhouse 2016
New York's favorite hip hop and R&B station, Power 105.1, presents its annual live music event, Powerhouse 2016, on Thursday, October 27. The all-star line-up includes Usher, Bryson Tiller, Wiz Khalifa, Tory Lanez, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Desiigner and Young M.A. Be sure to get tickets early, as this show always sells out quickly!
3. Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
Olympic All-Around Champions Gabrielle Douglas and Nastia Liukin, and members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams, take center stage to perform incredible acrobatic feats during the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Sunday, November 6. See gymnasts from the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, as well as other well-known representatives of the sport.
4. NIT Season Tip-Off
The 2016 college basketball NIT Season Tip-Off comes to the Barclays Center for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, featuring Florida State, Temple, West Virginia, and Illinois, on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. Temple makes its sixth NIT Season Tip-Off appearance, and West Virginia makes its third appearance in the event. After earning a bid to the 2016 Postseason NIT, Florida State will appear in the early season version this year, and Illinois makes its debut appearance in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
5. PowerShares QQQ Cup
Tennis has enjoyed a storied history in Brooklyn. The borough hosted the second-ever Davis Cup in August of 1902, at the Crescent Athletic Club, and the U.S. Pro Tennis Championships were held at Brooklyn’s Terrace Club in 1935. Experience the excitement of tennis in Brooklyn today while watching champions Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and James Blake compete in the PowerShares QQQ Cup on Saturday, December 3. The event is the first-ever tennis event to be played at Barclays Center, and the finale to the 2016 PowerShares Series.
6. WWE Live Holiday Tour
The WWE Live Holiday Tour returns to Brooklyn Wednesday, December 28. Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars for the first time since SummerSlam.
7. Twenty One Pilots ‘EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW World Tour’
Dubbed the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards “Alternative Rock Artist of the Year,” Twenty One Pilots bring their EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW World Tour to Barclays Center on Friday, January 20. The American duo will play music from their most recent full-length album, Blurryface, which includes their alternative radio smash hit “Stressed Out.”
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