The Nets home opener against the Knicks was scheduled for Thursday night, but that was obviously postponed.
Instead, the Nets will play their first ever regular season game in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday night. For those that are concerned about public transportation options to and from the arena, we’ve got the details here…
“Special Free Shuttle Buses: The Brooklyn Nets have leased a fleet of Best Trails and Travel buses to offer fans free round-trip transportation on a first-come, first-served basis from Manhattan, at 9 th Avenue between 40 th and 41 st streets, to Barclays Center. The first bus will depart at 4:30 p.m., with five additional buses arriving for pick-up approximately every 15 minutes. After the game, passengers can re-board the buses on Atlantic Avenue, directly across the street from the arena, near South Portland Avenue, to return to Manhattan.
MTA Buses: All MTA Brooklyn bus routes have been restored with limited service, however the MTA will be providing additional buses to the routes serving the arena as necessary for both the pre and post game periods. Eleven bus lines stop near the arena: B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65, B67, B69, and B103. In addition, the MTA will continue to offer free buses from Manhattans East Side, with pick-up at 54 th Street and Lexington Avenue and which will be stopping at 4th Avenue and Pacific Street, one block west of the arena. The trip will make six stops.
Subways/LIRR: Some subway and LIRR lines are working and will bring fans to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center or LIRR Atlantic Terminal. The D, R, 4 and 5 trains from Brooklyn stop at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and the A train is stopping at nearby Lafayette Avenue. There is currently no subway service between Manhattan and Barclays Center. LIRR service will be operating hourly between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica only.”
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystThere is additional information related to parking spaces, car service and bicycle parking by following the link up above to Boone’s blog entry.
It’s nice to see that the Nets are doing all they can to ensure that fans have transportation to and from Barclays because getting around the city is quite difficult right now.
After Saturday’s home opener, the Nets next home game will be on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. By then, additional service should have been restored, but it may be a little while longer before there is subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.