Friday, September 21, 2012

What happened when I met the Brooklyn Nets Billionaire...

Outside of the Barclays Center!
With only 4 hours of sleep, I woke up bright and early on Friday morning to take a trip to downtown Brooklyn for a very special occasion. It was the big opening of the much talked about Barclays Center Arena! The state of the art facility will house groundbreaking concerts and of course be home to basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. So guys while I was there, I got a chance to meet the owner of the Brooklyn Nets Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov! This man was so tall I thought he was a former basketball player when I first saw him. He is completely unassuming so imagine my shock when I found out how ridiculously wealthy and successful this man is. More on him later. Check out these pics from inside the venue!
The ribbon cutting ceremony! NYC Michael Bloomberg was one of the speakers. He told us he took the subway in from his house to get to Barclays!

Our tour guide! Did you know that Brooklyn has more 2.6 people and is on track to be the fourth largest city in the US?
The facility has ~18,000 seats, four bars/lounges, a practice court and the 40/40 club and so MUCH more!

No sign of Jay-Z at the opening! Jigga man will however open the building with a concert on September 28 and will perform for 8 nights total.
The view from one of the luxurious suites
The VIP entrance shares a view of view of the players practice court as guests arrive in! Must be nice!
And this the Brooklyn Nets billionaire- majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets Mikhail Prokhov
 Before we took this pic, I congratulated Mikhail on a job well done. Honestly speaking, the arena is pretty sweet. It is not only an entertainment space but also an amazing piece of architectural work. And that was it. Mikhail went on his merry little way. Must be nice to be a billionaire right?? Man oh man!!

BONUS: Check out a little sneak peek of the interior of the Barclays Center!

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