Barclays Center — home of the Brooklyn Nets and countless concerts and sporting events — has been heavily impacted by the NBA’s season postponement and New York state’s ban on all gatherings drawing over 500 people in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.
As such, the venue is feeling the effects of these proactive efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and will be providing relief to hourly employees to lessen the financial burdens brought on by the cancelation and postponements of several events.
“Hourly employees at Barclays Center are the bedrock of the fan experience in the arena,” reads a statement released by the Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets on Saturday (March 14). “Whether it’s a big smile as fans enter the building or keeping the seats clean or making sure the concession stands are stocked with your favorite items, they are on the frontlines to make our fans feel special. They keep the lights on and the house clean, and they are the first ones to arrive and last ones to leave the building.”
The statement continues to ensure the Barclays Center will commit to “provide relief to hourly employees for the paychecks they would have earned if Brooklyn Nets regular season games and non-Nets events at Barclays Center were to continue as originally scheduled.”
Read the Barclays Center’s statement in full below.
A note from the Nets and Barclays Center regarding all the incredible people that make our arena experience so special. pic.twitter.com/gPYtwYBD3U
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 14, 2020