Barclays Center tkts program for neighbors

The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) announced details Wednesday of its Community Tickets Program at Barclays Center. The program, a vehicle for members of the Brooklyn community who might not otherwise have the funds or opportunity to attend an event at Barclays Center, will provide complimentary tickets via a sweepstakes system for various events held at Barclays Center. A variety of nonprofit organizations serving residents of Community Boards 2, 3, 6, and 8 are eligible for the sweepstakes, which will, include up to 50 upper-Bowl Tickets, four Lower Bowl Tickets, and seating in a suite.

“Barclays Center is going to positively impact this community in so many ways,” said Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC). “We are excited to be partnering with DBNA, a signatory of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement, in launching this Community Tickets Program, which will provide nonprofit organizations, seniors, churches and youth groups with access to Barclays Center to enjoy sports and entertainment.”

Organizations eligible for the sweepstakes include nonprofits such as community-based organizations, schools (public or charter), educational organizations, and religious organizations. As part of the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), FCRC will provide the complimentary tickets for the various events at Barclays Center.

“Our tickets program allows us, as a Community Benefits Agreement partner, to prioritize specialized groups to share in the wealth of opportunities and experiences that the new arena will bring,” said Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, pastor of The House of the Lord Church and founder of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance.

DBNA will post the sweepstakes application process, along with the application, on its Web site, www.thedbna.org.

DBNA is working to enhance life for residents near the Atlantic Yards Project. It seeks to create a vibrant community for those of all ages and income levels through: the establishment of a comprehensive community health and wellness center; early childhood, youth and senior citizens centers linked through an intergenerational initiative; and a Project Gallery for documenting and celebrating the creation of the CBA, as well as Brooklyn’s rich history. DBNA’s Community Foundation also provides outreach assistance to nonprofit organizations, including prison populations.

JAY Z will open Barclays Center by performing in a series of concerts from Sept. 28–Oct. 6, 2012. The Brooklyn Nets will commence their inaugural 2012-13 season at Barclays Center on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 when they play the New York Knicks. Other scheduled events include NCAA college games, professional boxing, concerts, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and Disney on Ice.

For more information on events, visit www.barclayscenter.com.

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