Nets celebrate arena topping

The Nets and their partners celebrated the topping out of the Barclays Center on Thursday.

According to a team issued press release, the event marked the significant milestone of the completion of 10,400 pounds of structural steel for the $1 billion arena, which will open in September 2012.

“From Day One, I said I want to develop great things that create jobs, and that’s what we’re doing by building this spectacular arena,” CEO Bruce Ratner, the arena developer, said in a statement. “In just eight months we will open Barclays Center and bring many exciting events here, where your hard work will be appreciated by millions of people for years to come. I can’t thank you enough for your dedication. And, most importantly, it’s all union, union, union as we continue to build important projects for the city and the state.”

“Hunt Construction wants to thank Forest City Ratner Companies and NETS Basketball for the opportunity to participate on this landmark project,” said H. Mark Gladden, Project Executive for Hunt Construction Group, Inc. “We also congratulate our partners Banker Steel, J.F. Stearns Company and Ironworkers Local 361 in topping out the Barclays Center steel framing. We look forward to the grand opening and ribbon cutting this fall!”

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