The TD Garden was the only NBA venue I had known until I attended Sunday night’s Nets-Kings game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and, frankly, the Barclays Center blew the TD Garden out of the water.
From the moment you open the doors of the arena you realize that Jay-Z did it right. At the TD Garden you ride four escalators and then walk up seven sets of stairs before you even catch a glimpse of the game. At the Barclays you open the door to enter the stadium and you are already staring at the JumboTron. You can watch the game as you wait (and I use the term lightly because it took only about 3 minutes) to get through security.
The game itself is more aesthetically pleasing to watch. I hadn’t noticed it until about halfway through the game, but at the Barclays they actually darken the lightening above the crowd and brighten the court. You wouldn’t think it would make much of a difference, but it really does. Its like watching the game in real-life HD if that makes any sense whatsoever.
Also, and I have to imagine Shawn Carter had some input on this, I like that they play music as the game is being played. I don’t think they do that at TD Garden? It was great hearing “Mo Money Mo Problems” as Boogie Cousins viciously yanked down offensive rebounds for the Kings.
I have no comment on the food, because I stubbornly refused to pay a whole $8 for a popcorn. I did get a Pepsi, however. Tasted as you would expect a Pepsi to taste. There was an L & B’s pizza there, but we decided to go to the real L & B’s in Brooklyn after the game. I had never tried it before, but after two slices of the Sicilian style pizza I was infatuated. Top 5 pizzas of all time.
Game notes: Nets won. Marcus Thornton somehow managed a 30 point game against the team that just traded him. It was hilarious watching Boogie Cousins get 28 points and 20 rebounds. Jason Collins played double digit minutes and managed to put the ball in the basket once. Paul Pierce got hurt two minutes into the game. We missed the first three minutes of the game. Therefore, we did not see the Captain.