Maryland to return to Brooklyn in 2013-14 season

March 16, 2013 | WNST Staff

Kentucky AND MARYLAND Become Cornerstones of The BROOKLYN HOOPS™ COLLEGE BASKETBALL platform AT Barclays Center WITH MULTI-YEAR DEALS

Teams Announced for Barclays Center Classic and Barclays Center Women’s Invitational

Tickets on sale March 22 and March 29

BROOKLYN (March 16, 2013) — Major college basketball will continue to flourish in Brooklyn as Barclays Center has signed multi-year agreements to host the Kentucky and Maryland men’s basketball teams.

The 2013-14 college basketball season at Barclays Center will include a dynamic match-up when Kentucky faces Providence on Dec. 1, while Maryland will also be on the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ schedule. Kentucky and Maryland have already experienced Barclays Center when they played each other this season in a nationally televised sold-out game during the venue’s inaugural college basketball event.

“We are excited to return to Barclays Center next year to play Providence,” said Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari. “This season’s game against Maryland was an NCAA Tournament environment in November. It’s a great building and a great city. We’re looking forward to being back in Brooklyn next season and beyond.”

“We’re looking forward to returning to Barclays Center,” Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon said. “We had a great atmosphere up there this year and Barclays Center is a first-class arena. I know our student-athletes and coaches enjoyed the experience in Brooklyn and appreciated the outstanding support our fans provided us in a great opening game. We’ll look to repeat that again.”

“Some of the premier college basketball teams will be calling Barclays Center home for several years and we are delighted to continue to develop into a significant national collegiate sports venue,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “There was exciting basketball and a great atmosphere in the inaugural season of BROOKLYN HOOPS™ at Barclays Center.  Next year will be even better.”

The extensive Barclays Center college basketball lineup continues with St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Penn State participating in the 2nd annual Barclays Center Classic men’s basketball tournament on Nov. 29 and 30, 2013. Occurring on the same days will be the inaugural Barclays Center Women’s Invitational tournament, featuring Rutgers, Texas Tech, Michigan, and LSU. BROOKLYN HOOPS™ is presented by Ticketmaster.

Tickets for the Barclays Center Classic will go on sale March 22 and the Barclays Center Women’s Invitational will go on sale March 29. Tickets for the Kentucky-Providence game will go on sale April 19. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com<http://www.barclayscenter.com> or www.ticketmaster.com<http://www.ticketmaster.com>, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

For the second consecutive year, Barclays Center will host the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Winter Festival presented by Honda and the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Holiday Invitational (dates to be determined), along with Coaches vs. Cancer (Nov. 22-23) and Legends Classic. (Nov. 25-26). The teams for all four events will be announced soon.

The always competitive Atlantic 10 Tournament will return to Barclays Center from March 13-16, 2014. Additionally, LIU Brooklyn, this season’s Northeast Conference Tournament champion, will continue to play multiple games at Barclays Center next season.

The Barclays Center college basketball franchise BROOKLYN HOOPS™ presented by Ticketmaster is proud to partner with Applebee’s, GEICO, Honda, High Point Solutions, McDonald’s, Modell’s, and Powerade.

About Barclays Center:
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture<http://www.aecom.com/architecture>) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com<http://www.shoparc.com/>), Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 14,500 seats for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.

Barclays Center is hosting an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express, Calvin Klein, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, GEICO, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, and Ticketmaster. Other sponsors include: adidas, Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Gym Source, Haier America, High Point Solutions, JetBlue, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, SONY, and Willis.

Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.

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