10/17/16 3:00pm
Nets gain: Your IDNYC will get you 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets

25 percent off this expensive haus? Not bad. via Flickr user Adrian Kinloch

If you haven’t got your IDNYC card yet, now’s as good a time as any to make the schlep. It’s barely a schlep, anyway; the ID is free, and there won’t be long lineups to get one since you’re so late to the party yourself.

Why now? Well, IDNYC has always boasted discounts at a number of cultural institutions — free one-year memberships at the Botanic Gardens, BAM and the Brooklyn Museum, for example — but now, your IDNYC also makes up for in sports game discounts what it lacks in sensible function. You get 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets! (more…)

08/17/16 11:16am
Cheap shots: 5 affordable alternatives to attending SummerSlam in Brooklyn this month

Jon Stewart traded fake news for fake wrestling at SummerSlam at Barclays Center last year. Photo via WWE.com.

If you’re watching the Olympics, you’ve probably realized that mat wrestling isn’t all that exciting. Sure, it involves a certain kind of physique and expertise that requires years of practice, hard work, and determination. At the same time, there’s no flair or showmanship, and the only steel chairs involved are the ones athletes sit on between matches. Where’s the excitement? Where’s the danger?

Why, in pro wrestling, of course! In bingo halls, basements and arenas across the country, competitors of various genders, builds and backgrounds gather to “fight” one another in 20′ x 20′ rings and tell enthralling (and oft-bizarre) stories in the process. Unlike Olympic-style wrestling, these surly men and women often eschew trivial things like rules and form, opting for more spectacle-based moves, gravity-defying stunts, and the occasional “foreign object.”

Best of all, you don’t have to travel all the way to Rio just to see the top pro wrestlers compete. This coming weekend, WWE brings SummerSlam — its second-biggest wrestling event of the year — back to the Barclays Center for the second year in a row, and they’re bringing wrestling stars like John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Sasha Banks along with them. At the same time, some of the most popular independent wrestling organizations are taking advantage on the ‘E’s presence with their own area shows this month for less than the cost of a Pay-Per-View, and with more of an emphasis on authentic, South Brooklyn-style underground wrestling events.

If you can’t afford a ticket to SummerSlam (spoiler: you probably can’t), these five action-packed events are well worth your time thanks to impressive match cards, equally impressive guest appearances, and more insanity than you’ll ever get out of a Mets game, no matter how well they’re doing this year. (more…)

10/02/15 4:01pm
Whole lotta black and white on there

Whole lotta black and white on there

Look, we understand the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn was never going to be smoothest relocation imaginable, what with a devoted fanbase in the suburbs and cranky bloggers who allegedly know nothing about hockey throwing rocks at them. That being said, it hasn’t been made any easier by some self-inflicted wounds like hundreds of obstructed-view seats or a goal horn that the team’s existing fans immediately turned against or that boring black and white jersey. Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark went on the radio to defend the team’s choice of goal horn and alternate jersey color scheme, and while doing so, blurted out that everyone knows that Brooklyn’s official colors are black and white (they are not). Well, at least we know he has the same deep connection to Brooklyn history as he does to our country music scene. (more…)

09/28/15 2:48pm
Hopefully it means more of this

Hopefully it means Jon Stewart gets himself involved in things again

Pro wrestling is about as hot as it’s ever been, what 3000-word guides on how to watch and understand it being thrown out onto the internet. Brooklyn has wrestling mumps as bad as anywhere else, as shown by the WWE selling out SummerSlam and their developmental league showcase NXT last month, but if you missed all of it, don’t worry. Everyone loves a residency, so for the next two years SummerSlam will be coming BACK to the Barclays Center. (more…)

08/11/15 2:56pm
Pop quiz: Wrestling superstar or guy you might run into at Hank's? via Facebook

Pop quiz: Wrestling superstar or guy you might run into at Hank’s? via Facebook

Maybe because everyone realized they actually do live violence, no matter how choreographed, maybe because it’s impossible to turn away when a guy is destroying a car with an axe or maybe because it’s not like it’s any more embarassing than telling the world you’re livetweeting The Bachelor, professional wrestling is having a moment in the sun once more. Coincidentally, SummerSlam and Monday Night RAW are coming here this month, and Brooklyn has responded the only way it knows how: by making tickets to the events ridiculously goddamn expensive. (more…)

07/14/15 11:11am
We're not gonna say we told you so. We're gonna shout we told you so. via the Barclays Center

We’re not gonna say we told you so. We’re gonna shout we told you so. via the Barclays Center

If you’ve ever been to the Barclays Center and sat in the cheap seats (which if you’re reading this blog, that’s probably where you sat), you probably noticed almost immediately that everything there is extremely precarious. The seats and stairs slope down on what feels like a 180 degree angle and the space between the rows is so small if always feels like you’re one misstep, drunk or sober, away from tumbling down the seats. That drunken misstep finally happened at a Billy Joel concert of all things, but instead of the person who fell suing the Barclays Center, the woman the falling man fell on is suing the Barclays Center. (more…)

03/09/15 1:35pm
brooklyn dnc

It just won’t ever die. Photoshop of Chris Gigant’s photoshop by Curtis Glenn

With Philadelphia being the “lucky winner” of the DNC sweepstakes, we thought that Brooklyn was safe from political nominating conventions and their army of political nimrods wandering our streets. We (Brokelyn, specifically) even “danced a jig” according to the New York Times. Sadly, that touchdown dance looks like it was all for naught, because already political types are hyping up “DNC 2020 in Brooklyn,” crushing our hopes that we had driven the beast out for good. (more…)

12/26/14 1:20pm
brook lopez nets

Brook Lopez feels for you, broke basketball-goers. via The Brooklyn Game

Hey there, broke basketball fan. Were you making plans to watch the Nets go on an improbable post-New Year’s run for a second straight year live and in-person? Well, beyond the fact that you shouldn’t get your hopes up that that will happen again, you should also keep in mind it could cost you big, at least if you have children, terrible children. A new study pegs the cost for a family of 4 to “enjoy” a game at the Barclays Center at $404.60. Just another argument not to have kids, frankly. (more…)

12/17/14 9:34am
barclays center roof leak

Yeah, we’ve been there

If you live in New York City long enough, you will eventually have to deal with the prospect of a leaky roof when it rains. Apparently this universal problem extends to our sports teams too, as the Nets/Heat game was delayed last night because the roof of the (billion-dollar) Barclays Center started leaking during the light rain. Really gives you confidence that the apartments being built next to it will definitely leak. (more…)

arcade fire

They’re ready to party. Or at least as ready as the Arcade Fire can be to party.

So you missed the Arcade Fire when they played Bushwick, and you’ve been regretting it ever since. Good thing you can see them at Barclays Center, huh? Why pay full price though, when you can use this Groupon to pay 50% less for tickets to Win Butler and pals wear giant paper maché heads? No seriously, we’re asking why you’d do that. (more…)