By Carter Maness
After being named director of the brand new Barclays Center, a giant arena complex that will house the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z is integrating his other businesses into the construction. Hov is now planning to open a special version of his 40/40 Club at the complex.
The mogul and part-owner of the Nets is opening the new combination sports bar and restaurant at the suite level of the arena. It will feature 350 seats and 9000 square-feet within the stadium. Set to open September 28, the club is only available to ticket holders for NBA games, concerts and other related events. It will only be open during these events.
According to the New York Post, season ticket holders will be able to get reservations first, but any ticket holder can attend the 40/40 Club, which plans to serve alcohol until an hour after each event's conclusion. This differs from normal NBA rules that stipulate food stands and beer vendors must stop selling alcohol at the beginning of the fourth quarter at basketball games.
Developer Bruce Ratner is still attempting to get a license to serve alcohol approved by the State Liquor Authority. The license has received significant opposition from local residents that fear looser alcohol rules at Barclays Center will result in a rise in drunk driving throughout their neighborhoods.