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May 28, 2009

"Home team advantage": what an Ellerbe Becket arena might look like and whether a 2011 opening date is possible

Atlantic Yards Report

Recent revelations that starchitect Frank Gehry's role has not only diminished, but that design firm Ellerbe Becket is working on the Atlantic Yards arena casts more doubt on developer Bruce Ratner's claims that groundbreaking is just around the corner and the Nets will be playing in Brooklyn in 2011.

It's highly unlikely, however, that groundbreaking would come next month, given that the Gehry-or-not decision wouldn't come until July. And, based on the timeline for Ellerbe Becket's recent arenas, it looks like a June groundbreaking is necessary to get the arena open for a basketball season beginning in October two years hence.

So a 2011 arena opening date, even if there are few legal and oversight hurdles, seems quite doubtful.

Check out the rest of the article for a sneak peek at the Ellerbe Becket design portfolio.

Posted by lumi at May 28, 2009 7:05 AM