If there was to be a day declared “Brooklyn Day,” today would be that day and Jay-Z would get the Key to the City. Then again, he holds the key to opening the doors to one of the most anticipated building projects Brooklyn has ever seen since Ebbets Field housed New York City and Brooklyn professional sports teams from the ’10s through to the ’50s. The weather forecast may be a bit dreary and damp, but for fans with tickets for tonight’s sold-out debut concert at the Barclays Center, clouds are the least of these people’s worries. Earlier this week, he held a private party at the latest installment of his club enterprise, The 40/40 Brooklyn. The center is much more than a concert hall and basketball court. Packed with lounges, bars and clubs (yes, plural for all three), this venue will be a hot spot on any night during the upcoming cold season.
Tonight’s show is the first of eight which the rap mogul and financial donor of the center will be raising the roof, attracting close to 20,000 concertgoers who paid an average of $223 a ticket for regular seats, while those really wanted to be in the mix of the action with floor seat shelled out about $667. For those of you who will be vicariously living on our Facebook, Twitter nad Instagram feeds through our friends, colleagues and associates that didn’t offer you an invite or ticket hookup from their homeboy that works at the concession stand, don’t be so gloomy like patchy clouds. Tickets are still being sold on secondary market sites like StubHub and eBay for tonight’s show. Or you can do like me, and try to take advantage of one of his seven other shows from September 30 to October 6.
But of course, tonight’s a big friggin deal. Just don’t try to drive there. #GridLockAlert