It took nine years and some 35 court battles to build the billion-dollar stadium, which is wrapped in a sci-fi grid of tarnished metal plates that vary in size to give the entire building an oddly organic feel — as though it grew out of Brooklyn’s industrial past. The Nets won’t play their first home game against the Knicks until November 1st, but the Center itself opened last Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “Is Brooklyn in the house?” Bloomberg bellowed at the crowd to open his remarks. “I thought so.”

The Verge‘s Nilay Patel joins SB Nation‘s Amy K. Nelson to take a look around Barclays Center, the most high-tech stadium in sports, in Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York.

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