This afternoon, the LIU Brooklyn Athletics Department announced on their website that the Saturday, January 12th game that was scheduled to be played at the Wellness Center on the LIU Brooklyn campus will be moved to the Barclays Center which will be the fourth and final Barclays Center game for the ’12-’13 season. The game will be part of a men’s-women’s LIU Brooklyn doubleheader with the women’s game also against Mount St. Mary’s getting moved to the Barclays Center as well. Times for the doubleheader has not yet been determined according to the LIU Brooklyn Athletics release. The women’s game will be the first-ever women’s college basketball game to take place at the Barclays Center.
With this announcement today, LIU Brooklyn now satisfy the agreement they have with the Barclays Center to play up to four games annually for the next five seasons. This is obviously year one of that agreement. LIU Brooklyn lost in their Barclays Center debut in the season opener last Friday versus Morehead State 77-74. Their remaining three games at the Barclays Center are on Saturday, December 22 at 8pm versus Big East opponent Seton Hall as the third game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, January 12 versus NEC foe Mount St. Mary’s and Sunday, February 10 at noon versus their Brooklyn rival and NEC foe St. Francis (NY).
Out of curiosity, I checked the Barclays Center events calendar to check and see if the Brooklyn Nets were playing at home that evening and see if the Barclays was just going to open up for this LIU Brooklyn doubleheader that day. Turns out the date was open as the Barclays had no event planned for January 12. The Blackbirds are going to have the arena exclusively to themselves. It is going to be really interesting to see how this Blackbirds doubleheader will draw in a huge NBA arena during a time when the LIU Brooklyn student body will still be on winter break since the spring semester won’t begin until January 22. It is no secret, LIU Brooklyn’s attendance falls somewhat when the student body, in particularly the students living at the Connolly Hall dorm on-campus, are not at school. Plus, there are playing against Mount St. Mary’s which isn’t a local team (Emmitsburg, MD) so the likelihood of getting bus loads of Mount fans to make the four hour nineteen minutes (without traffic) 225-mile trip to help fill out the arena is not as high if they were playing any of the other NY, NJ or CT NEC schools. I really would like to see this go well for LIU Brooklyn and both Blackbirds’ teams so hopefully Blackbird Nation shows up in droves that night and for all the other nights LIU Brooklyn plays at the Barclays and make it into a true second home.