Joe Johnson game-winners! Jay-Z concerts! The Circus! Clinton speeches?
It’s now possible. Since opening its doors in September 2012, Barclays Center has been a non-stop home for events ranging from Nets games to concerts and even the NYPD’s graduation ceremony this past year. Now, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is campaigning for Brooklyn’s arena to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention:
Mr. de Blasio, a Brooklyn resident who lives a seven-minute drive from the arena and has emerged as a new national liberal star, made no attempt to hide the clear political overtones of a Brooklyn-based gathering in his letter presenting the bid to the Democratic National Committee.
“The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant that it is today,” the mayor wrote. “We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation.”
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite to represent the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential race. Clinton is the former senator of New York and has offices in Manhattan.
Barclays Center’s majority owner, of course, is Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian oligarch who is not eligible to vote in any American election. But he can also promise to keep the air conditioning running the whole time.