Lights and almost action at Barlcays Center today. Photo by Tim.

As many residents of Brooklyn will tell you, the Barclays Center has had a rocky relationship with the local community.  First, they bulldozed one of the top 10 bars in America. Then they fought a widely criticized battle against selling late night booze.  But that’s all history! Now that the new Nets complex is only 10 days away from its grand opening, Ratner and his pals are hoping to erase some bad memories (and win over some bitter enemies) with a ticket giveaway to events and games for local civic-minded organizations.

The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Barclays Center, will be giving away free tickets via a sweepstakes to events at the Barclay’s Center. The DBNA will be providing “up to 50 Upper Bowl Tickets, 4 Lower Bowl Tickets, and seating in a Suite” for some Nets games and each of 10 events in the upcoming calendar year and for eligible community-based and not-for-profit organizations, schools (public or charter) and religious organizations.

The contest is open to all Brooklyn-based organizations, though organizations in Community Boards 2, 3, 6, and 8 (the areas nearest the Arena) will get priority. Contestants will be randomly selected at the beginning of each month for events happening the following month.

There are some pretty sweet events coming up this fall (Rush!), so make sure to get your application in by the Nov. 30 deadline.  And let’s be honest: there’s nothing that the melodic voice of Geddy Lee can’t fix.

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