Alcohol sales at arena causing controversy
Jun 26, 2012 | 1416 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Barclays Center has given rise to local controversy recently over the issue of alcohol service.

The arena, which is set to open in less than 100 days, is seeking a liquor license that would allow operators to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. at the latest. Some members of the surrounding communities are resistant to such a late cutoff time and would like to see it moved up.

On April 10, Levy Premium Foodservice and Brooklyn Event Center, the actual liquor license applicants, made a presentation in front of Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6, the two community districts that surround the arena.

Following the presentation and subsequent discussions, CB6 issued a letter of conditional approval of the application to the State Liquor Authority on May 11.

The conditions pertaining to alcohol held that the Barclays Center should cease sale of alcohol at the end of the third quarter of NBA games, and at least one hour before the end of all other events, never exceeding 2 a.m.

On June 5, a letter from the Brooklyn Events Center in response to the conditions put forth in the CB6 letter caused confusion with the statement that, “For premium, limited access areas of the Arena such as suites, clubs, and the restaurant, alcohol service will continue until one hour after the end of NBA games and other events.”

This prompted a response from State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, three Assembly members and Councilwoman Letitia James, which called for the SLA to allow further review of the application by the two community boards.

Prior to an SLA hearing on the matter, arena manager John Sparks issued a letter that detailed all of the possible service of alcohol up until 2 a.m. It was accompanied by a description that suggested there would not be great demand for alcohol service following NBA games in the premium areas.

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