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Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Knicks-Nets opener delayed by storm

AP

NEW YORK — Barclays Center sits right above a major mass-transit hub, an ideal destination for fans throughout New York.

Not right now, though.

With those subways knocked out by superstorm Sandy and no way of knowing how fans would get there, the city's mayor decided this isn't the time for a game.

So Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday's highly anticipated opener between the Knicks and Nets, and the league agreed Wednesday.

"It's a great stadium, it would have been a great game, but the bottom line is: There is not a lot of mass transit. Our police have plenty of other things to do," Bloomberg said at a news conference.

Barclays Center sits above the Atlantic Avenue subway station complex which hosts nine subway lines and a Long Island Rail Road station, and was expanded as part of the $1 billion arena's construction. The Nets believe that will be a major selling point in drawing fans to the games after they were plagued by poor attendance during their years in New Jersey.

The Knicks are now scheduled to open their season at home Friday night against the Miami Heat. The Nets are scheduled to host Toronto on Saturday night.



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