Brooklyn-born rapper Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter announced Monday morning that Brooklyn’s future NBA franchise has chosen Brooklyn Nets as the team’s name.
JAY-Z, who owns a small percentage of the Nets basketball franchise, also announced that he will be the first performer to play the Barclays Center when the venue opens in September 2012.
“From the moment the Barclays Center became a reality, I knew this meant something significant for Brooklyn,” said JAY-Z. “This is where I’m from, I’ll always be Brooklyn, and opening this arena will mean more to me than anywhere else. I also look forward to opening night for the Brooklyn Nets. We’re going to create an atmosphere like only Brooklyn can.”
The announcement was made at the Barclays Center construction site, where JAY-Z welcomed 25 students to the event from his alma mater, George Westinghouse High School, which is located one mile from the Barclays Center site.
Also present were Borough President Marty Markowitz, Forest City Ratner Chairman Bruce Ratner and Barclays Center and Nets CEO Brett Yormark.