Jay-Z opens new arena in Brooklyn

By Drum Digital
01 October 2012

Two sold-out shows by Rapper Jay-Z on Friday and Saturday marked the inaugural events at a new arena built in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn-born rapper played before about 19,000 fans during the weekend shows. Six more - all sold-out - are scheduled during the

week at the new Barclays Centre.

"I've been on many stages all around the world," Jay-Z said during his show. "Nothing feels like this."

The rapper started his programme with the 15-year-old rap "Where I'm From," a sentimental number given that the star grew up in public housing near the spot where the 1-billion-dollar arena now stands.

The arena also will be home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team in which Jay-Z has a minority stake. The team, which moved from neighouring New Jersey, will open its season at the arena on October 15. During the show Jay-Z wore a Nets jersey with the number 4 and his name on the back.

The Nets' arrival in Brooklyn marks the first time in more than 50 years the New York borough has had a professional sports team. Jay-Z noted that Brooklyn's heart broke in 1957 when its baseball team, the Brookly Dodgers, moved to Los Angeles.

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