NBA approves Nets move to Brooklyn
The final official hurdle for the Nets' move to Brooklyn was cleared Friday, when the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously approved the team's relocation across the Hudson River to the Barclays Center, where the team will begin play this fall.
"We voted to formally approve the move, and the team name, which will be the Brooklyn Nets," NBA commissioner David Stern said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Stern then went on to praise the team's new home, where owner Mikhail Prokhorov held a press conference Tuesday.
"It's an impressive building," Stern said. "It's on-time, it might be [a bit] early, perhaps as early as August, and open September 28, and sales of tickets and suites were reported to be doing well."
Prokhorov and Barclays Center majority owner Bruce Ratner put out a statement as well. "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to David Stern and the NBA team owners for their role in making the Nets' move to Brooklyn a reality," the statement said.
"Barclays Center will give the Nets a state-of-the-art new home and, together, we will give Brooklyn the great sports and entertainment experience it so deserves. We are looking forward to the opening of Barclays Center on September 28 and to the start of the next NBA season as the Brooklyn Nets."
The Nets will waste no time officially transforming the look of the team. With the season set to end Thursday, April 26 in Toronto now that the team has been eliminated from postseason play, the name change will become official on Monday, April 30. In addition, the team will be rolling out its Brooklyn logo and color scheme in the days before the name change.