Future Home of the Nets

Friday, April 17, 2009

If the Nets aren't going to Brooklyn, Newark better get them. That's what Newark mayor Cory Booker says. WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Matthew Schuerman talk about the political wrangling going on around the future home of the Nets.


Bob Hennelly and Matthew Schuerman

Comments [10]

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Newark would be a better place for the Nets. As much I would like to see an upgrade for the Izod Center, it's just too little too late. If this was being done about a decade ago, that would have been great. Unfortunately, the Meadowlands is hard to get by through public transporation except by buses. The Prudential Center sits near Newark-Penn Station, which is a major transit hub by most New Jersey Transit trains and buses, plus there is even a stop by Newark City Subway and PATH that goes there. The fact that Newark is in the center of the state makes it easy for anyone to get there, and the fanbase for the Nets would increase dramatically as it helped for the Devils and even the Seton Hall Pirates. The Izod Center can still hold other events such as concerts and other family events as some other no longer used sports facilities do in this country rather than being demolished. As for moving them to Brooklyn, that move is pretty much dead, especially with Frank Gehry saying that he is no longer part of it, which seems to take out the teeth of that project.

Apr. 17 2009 04:37 PM
Erica from Bergen Cty, NJ

As a stagehand who works at the Meadowlands/Izod center, I am sick of the pandering by Cory Booker over the Izod/Prudential issues. Booker is - SINGLEHANDEDLY - out to close the Izod Center, which has a history of making money and bringin in audience. He is making an issue where there is none. Booker should just stay out of the whole situation, and be happy that he finally has a mediocre arena to bring some revenue into Newark. We were more than happy to get rid of the Devils, and he can be more than happy to have THEM

Apr. 17 2009 12:23 PM
mc from Brooklyn

Chicago--with all due respect, according to your handle you do not live in Brooklyn. The neighborhood that was gashed for this project seems to be against it. If Newark wants them they can have them.

Apr. 17 2009 11:52 AM
Chicago Listener

the nets should move to brooklyn. new york deserves a professional basketball team.

Apr. 17 2009 11:43 AM
John Hahn from Glen Rock NJ

Keep both. Separate Entities.
I like The Rock. It has a Mass Transit aspect.
Parking at THE ROCK is a ridiculous $25 per event.

IZOD Center will now have the Train access.
I live north of IZOD. It is closer.
XAnadu next to IZOD makes it an interesting destination.
THe ROCK has nothing near it other than Newark. Many go into The Rock.

Competition is good for the consumer.

Apr. 17 2009 11:38 AM
Phoebe from NJ

The Prudential Center is a great arena, very convenient to drive in from NJ suburbs - even better to train in from NYC. The number of events there have led to a number of new businesses and some revival of what could be with a little more development a beautiful downtown. Keep up the good work, Cory.

Apr. 17 2009 11:38 AM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

The Meadowlands has enough development. What it doesn't have enough of is wetlands. The recent massive and ill conceived development in the Meadowlands is bad for traffic and bad for the environment.

Apr. 17 2009 11:35 AM
Che from Soho

I am a graduate of Rutgers-Newark and from the local area...

Downtown Newark is Bursting with tons of potential that has never received the backing of greater New Jersey! The Meadowlands is a figurative desert wasteland off a magical highway in new jersey the rest of america laughs at. Not only is there a Prudential Center but there's also NJPAC. It's time New Jersey invest in its largest city!

Apr. 17 2009 11:34 AM
Leo from Queens

The Nets should remain in Newark. It's easier for suburbanites to drive in for a game or to take commuter rail and it's easy for people in NYC to take public transport (PATH/NJTransit) to see them.
The whole scheme to build a stadium in Brooklyn and to take possession of private property and hand over MTA (Public) property for a private enterprise was a big theft perpetrated by Bloomberg to forcefully take private and public property for the benefit of a politically connected billionaire.
Now we are left with a blighted hole in the middle of Brooklyn. SHAME on the 'leadership' of this City.

Apr. 17 2009 10:52 AM
Charles from Park Slope

I hope Newark officals are successful in making the New Jersey Nets a positive contributor to Newark's continued economic progess. You want them; you need them; and you can have them!

Apr. 17 2009 10:36 AM

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