It was too good to be true. An opening night primetime nationally televised matchup against the rival New York Knicks to open the brand new billion dollar Barclays Center. Now, it is unlikely that this game will even happen.
Due to the massive destruction from Hurricane Sandy on the New York area, the opening night matchup will likely not happen. Although Barclays Center itself was not damaged, most fans will have no way to get to the arena. As of now, the subways have not begun running yet and mayor Michael Bloomberg said that it may take 4 or 5 days for the trains to start running again. This will obviously be a problem because approximately 75% of the crowd will be arriving via public transportation, whether that be the NYC subways or the Long Island Rail Road.
Since the Nets have moved to Brooklyn, they have advised people to not drive, but instead take the subway to games. With the hurricane, this will not be possible. Barclays Center has under 1,000 parking spaces so fans will not be able to drive to the game either. Fans can walk if they live a reasonable distance away, but many fans who live in either Manhattan, New Jersey, or Long Island will not be able to make the trek.
Because of the uncertainty of this game, prices on stubhub have already dropped considerably. Yesterday, the cheapest tickets for this game went for well over $200. Today, you can buy a seat for as low as $145 (still very expensive, but definitely more reasonable).
The NBA has not cancelled the game yet and the opening night games tonight will all be played. Hopefully, New York City will be able to clear the water out of the subways before Thursday so this game will not be cancelled.
If the game is postponed, the Nets have two more home games, against Toronto and Minnesota, on Saturday and Monday respectively. One would think that public transportation should be good enough by Saturday for the Nets to host the Raptors, but not even this is guaranteed.
If the Nets do not end up playing the Knicks on opening night, it will be a huge bummer for Nets fans. This game has been pumped up since the NBA first released its schedule and this game will set the tone for the rivalry in the future. I am hoping for a miracle and that this game will get played.
If the game is postponed, it may be rescheduled for November 26th at the earliest.