Atlantic Yards Arena: 2010? 2011? 2012? Etc.
Remember the heady days of predictions that a Nets arena would open in Brooklyn in 2006? For a long time, the official word from the teams and Forest City Ratner has been that the project--which is still tangled in legal challenges and has recently been the subject of questions about security concerns--would open in 2009. The subject came up again yesterday after the Bergen Record noted the team would be playing in Jersey for the 2009-10 season. The story also ran widely via AP. Atlantic Yards Reports Norman Oder, who has been reporting on the slipping timetables, calls the round of stories "bizarre," especially in light of previous coverage in the press and the real possibility that the schedule could easily slip past 2010 to, say, 2011. He writes:
We should take the current 2010 pledge with a grain of salt. Arena construction takes 24 months and can't begin until the pending lawsuits are cleared. As I wrote, it's possible they could be cleared by July 31, but under other scenarios, they will persist much longer.Meanwhile, No Land Grab says the most recent attempt to "spin the story is already leaning towards fiction."
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