With the completion of the 2011-12 NBA season, the New Jersey Nets will be planning their 2013 relocation to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood. The Nets' arrival marks the return of professional sports to Brooklyn, absent since the Dodgers' cross country move to Los Angeles in 1957.
The NBA Board of Governors officially approved the move from Newark, NJ, to Brooklyn and Commissioner David Stern states that the venue should be open in September 2012, according to Fox Sports. Although Newark is about a 30 minute drive from Brooklyn, the moving and storage company will need many workers to complete the large-scale move.
The Nets will be unveiling their new colors and uniforms in the near future, which should help to brand them as a new source of pride for Brooklynites, many of whom recently arrived in the borough.
The Nets will find Brooklyn is full of life, with diverse neighborhoods and many cultural attractions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Children's Museum. These features, alongside its convenient access to Manhattan, has been attracting state to state movers to Brooklyn for years, and this trend should continue with the arrival of the Nets.