Category Archives: Sports

The Islanders Are Coming to Brooklyn!

Barclays Isles

The deal was to be officially announced Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at the new arena in Brooklyn with Charles E. Wang, the owner of the Islanders, and Bruce Ratner, the owner of the Barclays Center.

Under the 25-year agreement, which has to be officially approved by the National Hockey League, the Islanders would move to the Barclays for the 2015-16 season. [NYTimes.com]

This, of course, presupposes that the NHL will be back playing by the time the 2015-2016 season roles around.

Brooklyn Nets Amex Presale Info, Barclays Center Set To Open in Sep 2012

If the massive steel skeleton on Flatbush and Atlantic wasn’t enough of a reminder, the nightmare of almost every South Brooklyn resident just got one step close to reality today. Bruce Ratner’s much reviled Barclays Center is scheduled to open on Septmber 28, 2012, at least according to this e-mail blast that I received from American Express this morning.

The NETS All Access Pass is your 2012-13 season ticket to the NETS and their new home, The Barclays Center of Brooklyn, scheduled to open on Fri, 09/28/12.

Along with the excitement that comes with live NETS games, the NETS All Access Pass gets you:
Guaranteed first purchase rights to close to 200 events annually
Access to designated hospitality clubs
Unlimited food and select beverages
Priority service in concession lines

Don’t miss this presale:*
Mon, 05/16/11, 10M EST – Wed, 05/18/11, 10AM EST.

Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
2012-13 Season

Cardmembers, purchase by calling the NETS Sales Office at 888-718-BKNY.**

I added the emphasis to the part about “guaranteed first purchase rights to other events”, could be something interesting for concertgoers or possibly just another way to sell more advanced tickets to Sesame on Ice or the latest Cirque Du Soleil drivel.

2-for-1 2010 US Open (Tennis) Tickets

US Open Tennis

It seems as if the recession hasn’t only hit the concert business this summer, there are currently a slew of 2-for-1 ticket deals going on for the 2010 US Open at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

For half price tickets on the selected sessions of the 2010 US Open, use the following promo codes: BTC, BWILSON, BPOLORL, BTIFFANY, BCONTAIR, BNIKE, BTMBLAST, BAMEX, BSTONY, BSTARWOOD.

Valid for the following sessions:
Monday, September 6 evening
Tuesday, September 7 day
Wednesday, September 8 day
Thursday, September 9 day
Friday, September 10 day

Buy 2, Get 2 Free for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day!
Saturday, August 28

Use the code WFANDANGO for $12 Fandango tickets to selected sessions (Buy Tickets). (Anecdotally, I didn’t have much luck with this code.)

US Open Tennis Presale Starts Today + 2 For 1 Ticket Offer

US Open Tennis 2010
US Open Tennis 2010

Tickets to the 2010 US Open Tennis Tournament go on American Express presale starting today (June 1) at 9AM through Saturday, June 5 at 11:59 PM ET (Buy Tickets).

I’ll just reiterate what I say about the US Open every year, if you are anything at all of a tennis fan and want to attend this year’s tournament I highly recommend getting your tickets early. The US Open is always a sell out, and once these tickets disappear from TM, they go sky high on the secondary market.

In other related news, you can get 2 for 1 tickets to a number of US Open sessions by taking advantage of this offer. The password for the 2 for 1 ticket deal is BMERCEDES.

UPDATE: It seems that the 2 for 1 offers don’t even require a password.

What Canadians Like: Louis Riel Day Edition

Mile End Brooklyn (Hoyt and Atlantic)
Mile End Brooklyn

Louis Riel
Louis David Riel (22 October 1844 – 16 November 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. The third Monday in February is “Louis Riel Day”, a statutory holiday in Manitoba.

Montreal Smoked Meat and Montreal Bagels
Mile End Brooklyn is the name of the recently opened Montreal style Jewish delicatessen in Brooklyn. The first of its kind in the five boroughs, Mile End is a welcome addition to the neighborhood for ex-pats and Brooklynites alike, and it’s doubly exciting for me because I can finally get a real (albeit pricey) bagel in New York. The smoked meat sandwiches (which come with a little kick) are excellent too, they come courtesy of owner Noah Bernamoff who researched and developed his own custom spice rub modeled after the iconic Montreal smoked meat outpost Schwarz’s. Keep track of their daily meat supply (which often sells out) over here.

AT&T Nation with CanadaSM
Get the benefits of an AT&T NationSM and/or FamilyTalk Plan, plus no more long distance or roaming charges for voice calls between the U.S. and Canada. See available plans

The Winter Olympics

Alexandre Bilodeau carved his way into Canadian history Sunday at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The 22-year-old from Rosemère, Que., became the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal at home, finishing first in the men’s moguls skiing final at Cypress Mountain. [CBC.ca]

Music
Tegan & Sara at MHOW (02/15/10) SOLD OUT
Daniel Lanois at Bowery Ballroom (02/17/10)
Po’ Girl at The Living Room (02/26/10)
Basia Bulat at The Mercury Lounge (03/27/10)
Jason Collett, Zeus, Bahamas at Union Hall (04/24/10)
Jason Collett at The Mercury Lounge (04/23/10)
Still Life Still at Bowery Ballroom (02/26/10), at MHOW (02/28/10)
The Sadies, Zeus at Mercury Lounge (02/27/10)
Zeus at Knitting Factory (02/26/10)
Cuff The Duke at Knitting Factory (04/30/10)
Broken Social Scene at Webster Hall (05/07/10)
Japandroids at Bowery Ballroom (04/01/10)
Tune-Yards at Bowery Ballroom (04/09/10)
Junior Boys (DJ Set) at Bowery Ballroom (02/27/10)
Woodhands at Brooklyn Bowl (04/03/10)
Owen Pallett at Webster Hall (04/22/10)
Timber Timbre at Bowery Ballroom (04/14/10), The Bell House (04/16/10)
You Say Party, We Say Die! at Knitting Factory (03/26/10)
You Say Party, We Say Die! at Pianos (03/29/10)
Laura Barrett Town Hall (03/10/10)

The Who’s “Tommy” at Abrons Arts Center, Daltrey and Townshend Playing Super Bowl Halftime Show

The Who's Tommy

This one might have flown under some people’s radars; previews start tonight for the NYU Tisch Drama production of The Who‘s Tommy at the Abrons Arts Center (Buy Tickets).

NYU TISCH DRAMA STAGE WORKS: THE WHO’S TOMMY
Previews February 4 & 5
February 6-13

The Who’s Tommy is Peter Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph. First produced on Broadway in 1993, its thrilling score and MTV-style storytelling is viewed by many as the seminal musical that brought Broadway into the rock era. Directed by Kent Gash. Presented by New York University’s Tisch Drama Stage Works through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Previews: $15, $5 students and seniors
General Admission: $20, $10 students and seniors

The Who Super Bowl Halftime Show

On the other hand, I’m sure most of you probably know that The Who are the featured entertainers at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. In a recent interview with Billboard, Pete Townshend “leaked” the band’s set list for the big game, here’s what he said:

“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” the guitarist tells Billboard. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ It works — it’s quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it — we’ve always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot.” [Billboard.com]

Super Bowl XLIV will air on Sunday, February 7 on CBS.

It’s New Year’s Day And That Means One Thing… Outdoor Hockey

NHL Winter Classic

For the third year in a row (it’s now officially an annual tradition), the NHL is putting on an old fashioned game of shinny on the first day of the year. The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will take place at Fenway Park and will feature the Boston Bruins vs. the Phildalephia Flyers in a classic matchup between Eastern Conference rivals. The toughest ticket on New Year’s Day will be broadcast live on NBC, CBC, RDS, The NHL Network, and NHL Game Center Live at 1:00 PM ET on January 1, 2010.

Watch the NHL Winter Classic TV spot after the jump.

PS But more importantly, will Matt Damon and Ben Affleck be there?

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(Basically) Free NBA Tickets (Nets, Knicks & More!)

NBA Cares: Nothing But Nets
NBA Cares

UPDATE: So it kind of looks like these tickets are part of the “NBA Cares: Nothing But Nets” campaign, wherein you donate $10 towards the purchase of mosquito nets in Africa and you receive two complimentary tickets to an NBA game. All of these links were publicly available (Google is a powerful thing), but should some of you feel guilty about getting the prize without paying the cost of admission, you can make a donation to the “Nothing But Nets” campaign over here.

UPDATE 2: I had a little bit of a crisis of conscience over this post, it didn’t seem right to me to deny Africans badly needed mosquito netting so I could offer (almost) free basketball tickets to strangers seeking deals over the Internet. You may still, however, enjoy free NJ Nets tickets as part of the LG offer, which is unrelated to the NBA’s “Nothing But Nets” campaign.

New Jersey Nets
Various Dates, Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
GET FREE TICKETS! (Password: LG)

As the title of this post suggests, because of the service charges, these tickets are not 100% free, but it works out to less than $2.00 $7.20 for two seats, which is still a pretty good deal.