AECOM was sports architect and architect of record for Barclays Center, the sports and entertainment destination home to the NBA Brooklyn Nets and future home of the NHL New York Islanders.
Collaborating with SHoP Architects and Hunt Construction, AECOM developed design concepts, coordinated design concepts, and made concepts constructible within challenging budget and schedule constraints. AECOM applied expertise as the world's leading NBA arena designer to make Barclays Center the league's new benchmark.
AECOM's design scheme included a grand lobby volume; a powerful framed opening connecting the interior of the seating bowl to the subway entrance; revenue-generating seating options and food service opportunities to meet financial performance requirements; a dramatic pedestrian bridge cutting through the lobby volume; the most intimate seating bowl in the league; active multistory club volumes; connecting the practice court with the exterior, entry lobbies and concourse; the innovative semi-tractor-trailer elevator and turntable system; the finest home team locker suite in the league; the hugely successful Nets team store; and the thoughtful placement of retail to activate streetscapes.
AECOM collaborated with SHoP architects to develop the concepts of the dynamic video integration in the building's oculus, and the unifying interior light rails creating an interior soffit at the building's concourses.
Barclays Center offers 18,200 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts. It also offers 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and the 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express. One of the nation's only true urban venues with no dedicated parking, Barclays Center can be reached via 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.