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UK To Open New Brooklyn Arena?

Next fall, the New Jersey Nets will complete their move to Brooklyn where they’ll begin play in the new $1 billion Barclays Center.  Scheduled for a September 2012 opening, the new arena’s first basketball game might actually feature a team from the SEC.

According to Crain’s New York Business report: “A major highlight will be the site’s first basketball game, a college matchup of Kentucky versus Maryland, according to sources.”

For more than a year, John Calipari has voiced his desire to coach in the new arena.  On March 13 of 2010, UK’s coach was quoted in a press release announcing IMG’s play to bring college basketball to Brooklyn:

“Basketball is really the heart of Brooklyn, and there is no place that has developed more all-time great players than the borough.  There’s not question about it.  We want to play there first.”

Sounds like he’s going to get his chance.



This is obviously dependent on whether Cal will drive the program into the NCAA ditch before or after 2012.


Coach Cal and Jay-Z are about to become the new power couple of college basketball

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