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Ratner: New Nets arena will open for 2012-13 season

Barclays Center.

Despite a late start to the construction process and a development site where utility relocation is still happening, developer Bruce Ratner says the new Brooklyn Barclays Center, set to open as the home of the New Jersey Nets (NBA), will open its doors for the 2012-2013 season.

That’s a pretty tight deadline, to be sure, considering the arena site is little more than a 30-foot-deep hole as of today. In fact, not all of the site is cleared: two buildings need to be taken down.

So forgive us if we’re a little skeptical about Ratner’s claim that the $900-million arena will open in less than two years: that’s a pretty major project for such a short amount of time. And the Nets certainly have the option of playing at least part of the season at Prudential Center before moving into town — it’s part of the team’s lease.

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