My first foray to the new Barclays Center for a concert. Seeing the timeless Leonard Cohen - the master of hope and despair. Leonard was in great voice, and his band had virtuoso performances - violin, guitar and organ were all amazing.
But I am here to talk about the arena itself. Entering in through the main entrance under the oculus, I entered a great hall. The food options are great as they are local places. I opted for a pulled pork sandwich from Fatty Cue [$12] and a delicious root beer float from Farmacy [$8]. Other places represented were Juniors, Ave K Deli, L&B Spumoni Gardens [pizza], Brooklyn Burger and numerous others.
From the corridor, you enter the arena itself. It seems more open than MSG - and at the same time somewhat more intimate. Nets banners hang from the rafters, including the retired number of Dr. J. Banner ads fly by in horizontal strips between levels. The crowd files in.
The seats at the arena were quite comfortable. Nicely padded and wide. But, leg room was like flying coach. The best thing about the seats was that they were very steeply raked. My 5' wife had no trouble seeing.
For a concert - the thing is the sound. Here, they just did a phenomenal job. The sound was clear and crisp - especially for a large arena. Video displays flanked the stage for closeups.
The only drawbacks that I noted at the Barclay's Center were a lack of ways to get between levels. Another bank of escalators would have been appreciated. And of course, the lines at the bathrooms - both men's and women's - were crazy long.
In short, it was a great place to see a show, and walking to Barclays from home sure beats schlepping into the City.