Barclays Center Enters Its Second Year with Great Concerts, NBA Games and More

Barclays Center Enters Its Second Year with Great Concerts, NBA Games and More

Now in its second year, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center continues to impress crowds with a lineup of popular music, Brooklyn Nets basketball games and other activities.

Wednesday night, I saw French rock band Phoenix perform at the Center. Phoenix is my mom’s favorite band and this was her 13th time seeing them play. It was also the largest show she’s seen them play. We were amazed that after seeing them in small to mid-sized clubs over the years, they were headlining a concert at the same huge arena that 2013’s Super Bowl halftime performer Beyoncé will also headline later this year. Hearing the echoing voices of thousands singing along with Phoenix’s 2009 single “Lisztomania” felt like the definition of Lisztomania—a phenomenon describing fans’ passionate reactions to 19th century musician Franz Liszt’s performances.

Despite the size of the venue, Phoenix’s lead singer Thomas Mars made the Barclays Center feel intimate and personal. During the band’s last song, Mars wandered through the audience and crowd-surfed his way back to the stage, shaking hands and blowing kisses to his fans. Once he got back to the front of the room, Mars welcomed those in the first few rows to climb over the barrier and hop onstage to dance with him and the band (pictured).

Barclays Center may be a year old now, but it still feels brand new. Even in the upper balcony where I sat with my mom and my sister, the seats are cushioned and comfortable. Local food vendors—like Elbow Room, Calexico and Fatty Cue BBQ—line the hallways, an upgrade from the usual stadium fare.

Visit Ticketmaster.com for tickets to any Barclays Center event or, if you’re looking for a more private event experience, rent a suite for your group.  Fill out an inquiry form for more details at barclayscenter.com/suites-form/.

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