Harlem Globetrotter Tiny Sturgess – at 7-8, the Guinness World Record holder as the World’s Tallest Professional Basketball Player – helps out a construction worker at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., with teammate Special K Daley offering some tips. (Harlem Globetrotters / Associated Press, Amy Sussman)
AFTER 86 YEARS, THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS WILL EXPERIENCE A FIRST – PLAYING IN BROOKLYN
BROOKLYN, NY (June 19, 2012) – Having played more than 24,000 games in 120 countries and territories over the past 86 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have seen and accomplished almost everything in their illustrious history. Except they have never played in Brooklyn. That’s about to change as the Globetrotters will play in the borough for the first time ever when they bring their unique brand of family entertainment to Barclays Center on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
Brooklyn Nets All Access season ticket buyers have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Barclays Center events before the general public. For more information, visit www.barclayscenter.com and follow @BarclaysCenter on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/BarclaysCenter) for the latest updates and special pre-sale offers.
“The Globetrotters are honored to play for the first time ever in Brooklyn at the world-class Barclays Center,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “Brooklyn is an amazing place, from its storied sports history to the distinct neighborhoods to the cultural offerings. The entire organization is looking forward to this historic event and seeing the new venue with our fans.”
"We get the chance to entertain our fans at some great venues all around the world," said Globetrotter Showman Special K Daley. “We are excited about the opportunity to add to that tradition by playing the new Barclays Center. I received a behind-the-scenes tour of Barclays Center this month and I love the feel of the arena and how the fans are so close to the action. It’s going to be a great atmosphere."
“We are excited to welcome the Harlem Globetrotters and their crowd-pleasing brand of basketball to Brooklyn for the first time,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “For generations the Globetrotters have provided fun and laughter to fans all over the world and now we are proud to bring these wonderful showmen and their famed ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ anthem to Barclays Center.”
As with all events at Barclays Center, arena staff will work closely with the MTA to coordinate mass transit to and from the arena based on the event profile and with NYPD and other City agencies to ensure safety and security procedures are strictly followed and enforced.
About Harlem Globetrotters
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating more than eight thrilling decades of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
About Barclays Center
Scheduled to open in September 2012, Barclays Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com), Barclays Center will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center will offer 18,200 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant, The 40/40 Club.
Barclays Center will host an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, professional hockey, and the Brooklyn Nets. Some of the special programming that is already scheduled includes JAY Z, who will open the building on September 28 with the first of his multiple concerts, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Justin Bieber, Journey, Leonard Cohen, Rush,UB40, Maxi Priest, Hezekiah Walker, The King’s Men gospel concert with Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton, 2012 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™, Russell Peters, the Barclays Center Classic men’s college basketball tournament, Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Islanders vs. Devils game, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, and the New York Masters equestrian show jumping. Current programming alliances with Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include Calvin Klein, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, and Ticketmaster. Other sponsors include: Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, HighPoint Solutions, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Tyco, and Willis.
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.
For more information on Barclays Center, please visit www.barclayscenter.com and follow @BarclaysCenter on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/BarclaysCenter) for the latest updates and special pre-sale offers.