55 years after Dodgers left, Brooklyn gets new pro sports team
Workers sweep the plaza in front of the main entrance to the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in preparation for Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. A new chapter in Brooklyn's history begins Friday when the Brooklyn Nets' new arena opens. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Published Friday, September 21, 2012 7:49AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 21, 2012 11:44AM EDT
NEW YORK -- Officials have formally cut the ribbon and opened the arena that will house Brooklyn's first big-league sports team in decades.
Supporters cheered as the lights were turned on in the Barclays Center arena Friday.
The arena will be home to the NBA's Nets, who moved from New Jersey.
The Nets will be the borough's first big-time sports team since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.
Developer Bruce Ratner says he's glad the arena is finally open. Its completion was delayed by lawsuits and by the economic downturn.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the project has created more than 1,500 jobs.