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May 27, 2009

A Gehry arena or an Ellerbe Becket arena?

Atlantic Yards Report

Yesterday, Sports Business Journal reported that Kansas City-based arena design firm Ellerbe Becket has been working on Bruce Ratner's arena for the Atlantic Yards megaproject.

Well, there's serving as a consultant and serving as a lead designer. Ellerbe Becket may have been working on the AY arena for three years, but it's unlikely that the firm's role entered the foreground until [architect Frank] Gehry laid off his staff just before last Thanksgiving (as the Daily News reported).

If Barclays bought naming rights in 2007 with knowledge that Ellerbe Becket was helping, the firm surely expected to see Gehry's name on the arena.

So, even if the news won't "wreck the arena's financing model," as DDDB alleged, state officials surely should be able to tell the public who's designing the arena. Right?

And what about the cost and timing of the arena?

Check out the rest of the article for "Bobbo's" (aka "Net Income") latest pot shot at Norman Oder, who proves to be more resourceful than the pseudonymous Nets fan.

NetsDaily.com, Kansas City Firm Redesigning Barclays Center
PlanNYC.org, Nets Arena Designer In Question
DDDB.net, Bye-bye Frank Gehry. Hello Ellerbe Becket?

Posted by lumi at May 27, 2009 4:37 AM