Tag: Barclays Center

Barclays Center Welcomes Return of Video Music Awards

BACK FOR MORE: MTV’s Video Music Awards stopped at Barclays Center in 2013. (Getty Images) MTV awards show, even without an audience, will be a milestone for NYC Echoing the spirit of the astronaut clutching the MTV flag on the iconic “moon person” trophies, the announcement that MTV’s Video Music Awards would return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center felt like a giant leap for the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a promising moment for the live industry. “We’re elated to bring the 2020 VMAs back to NYC, the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA,” Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, said in a statement. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the news in the middle of his June 29 press briefing with a one-line acknowledgment, saying, “A few additional announcements: the […]

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Yormark: ‘Happy I Was Able to Play a Role’

Brett Yormark helped bring big-time sports and entertainment to Brooklyn. (Courtesy BSE Global) Outgoing BSE Global CEO reflects on Barclays Center’s meaning to Brooklyn Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global, parent company of Barclays Center and the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, is leaving the organization this month. The timing coincides with Mikhail Prokhorov’s sale of the remaining 51 percent of the team, plus the arena that he owned, to Joseph Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, a Chinese company specializing in retail technologies. Tsai paid a reported $1.35 billion for the balance of the team after paying Prokhorov $1 billion last year to purchase 49 percent. Separately, Tsai will pay about $1 billion for the arena, according to published reports. Yormark reflected on his 14-year tenure with the Nets, dating to their days as a New Jersey team. What’s your next move? I’m not going to announce it yet. […]

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BSE Global on NYCB Live, Two Years In

BSE Global has revitalized NYCB Live: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (All photos courtesy BSE Global) Sheldon: ‘Goal is to keep all this positive momentum going’ BSE Global, which runs Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, took over operations at NYCB Live: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum two years ago after a $180 million renovation. To mark the anniversary, VenuesNow spoke with its executive vice president of programming, Keith Sheldon, about what the company has learned about bringing an arena back to prominence. How’s it going at NYCB Live? Great. The building is back, open for business and better than ever. In the last fiscal year, 10 of 12 shows sold out and the two shows there were not sellouts had a 90 percent sell-through rate. The range began with Panic! at the Disco in July and has continued through our latest show, which was Kiss, last week (March 22). Have things gone to plan? […]

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