UPDATE: The Knicks vs. Nets game will now be played on Monday, November 26th. The game will be televised on TNT starting at 7PM EST.
Hurricane Sandy strikes again. Tomorrow’s (Thursday, Nov. 1st) scheduled game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, the first regular season NBA basketball game in the latter’s new home arena, has been postponed.
Glen Grunwald and Billy King, general managers of the Knicks and Nets, respectively, confirmed the postponement to the New York Times. Due to the damage suffered to NYC’s mass transit system because of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it just proved impossible for enough fans to get to the Barclays Center to take in the game. The game has been highly anticipated since its announcement because it puts the new crosstown rivals against one each other for NYC supremacy, at least for one night.
Brett Yormark, CEO, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, issued the following statement:
Mayor Bloomberg recommended to the NBA this afternoon that after further assessments of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, he felt it was in the best interests of New York City for the NBA to postpone the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks game scheduled for tomorrow night. As a result, the game has been postponed for a date to be determined. Tickets for the November 1 game will be honored for the rescheduled game.
The Brooklyn Nets home opener at Barclays Center will now be Saturday, November 3 against the Toronto Raptors. We will have a transportation plan in place, including additional bus options, for this game.
Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy select food and beverage specials from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. We know these are trying times for so many of you and our thoughts are with you.
This news comes just a day after the NBA confirmed that the game was still going to take place.
No word on what future date the contest between the Knicks and Nets will now be held.
MORE ON HIP-HOP WIRED!