American Express Celebrates Barclays Center Sponsorship with a Suite Opportunity for Fans

  American Express Celebrates Barclays Center Sponsorship with a Suite
  Opportunity for Fans

Fans share why they are excited for opening of Barclays Center and the chance
        to win tickets to a Brooklyn Nets game or entertainment event

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- October 02, 2012

American Express and the Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams are celebrating the
opening of Barclays Center in Brooklyn by allowing fans to enter for the
opportunity to win tickets to see an upcoming Brooklyn Nets game or
entertainment event with access to the American Express Vault Suite, part of
Barclays Center’s JAY Z-inspired premium suite level.

Beginning today, fans are able to enter for the opportunity to win tickets to
watch a Brooklyn Nets game with access to the American Express Vault Suite and
meet Deron Williams (subject to availability) by submitting a short video
demonstrating their commitment as the ultimate fan of sports, music or
entertainment. Fans can find ideas, see examples and hear suggestions from
Williams. Williams will help select 20 finalists before giving all fans the
opportunity to vote and help select the winners (See rules for complete

Videos can be uploaded to  through October 19 or by
visiting one of three American Express live-site locations in Manhattan and
Brooklyn through October 12, including:

  *Vesey Street Marina in Lower Manhattan (10/02 – 10/04)
  *Brooklyn Bridge Park (10/06 – 10/07)
  *Barclays Center (10/09 – 10/12)

Live-sites will be open to receive submissions from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

Two grand prize winners will each receive two tickets to catch a home game,
access to the American Express Vault Suite, and will meet with Williams
(subject to availability). Two first prize winners will each receive tickets
to watch an entertainment event with access to the American Express Vault
Suite between November 15 and December 31, 2012. The remaining 16 finalists
will receive a mini-basketball signed by Williams.

“Barclays Center is an incredible, state-of-the-art venue that is not only the
home to the Brooklyn Nets, but also has already attracted some of the biggest
names in entertainment,” said Alexander Chang, vice president, Global
Sponsorships and Access, American Express. “American Express is thrilled to be
a founding partner and celebrate the opening of Barclays Center with an
opportunity for our fans to see the action live.”

About Deron Williams

A three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Deron Williams
has cemented himself as one of the top point guards in the game. Helping to
lead the Brooklyn Nets with his unselfish leadership, size, strength and
proficiency on both ends of the floor, the 6’3” scoring machine is in his
eighth NBA season, and third with his current team. D-Will was selected third
overall in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, where he led the team as the
point man for five years, before smoothly transitioning into a new role as
leader of the New Jersey-turned-Brooklyn Nets. During the 2011 NBA lockout,
the University of Illinois alum competed with Besiktas of the Turkish
Basketball League, highlighted by a 50-point performance during a
EuroChallenge game. A fan favorite and major contributor to his overseas
squad, Williams’s #8 jersey was retired by Besiktas just prior to his
returning to the NBA. He also played on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams,
both of which brought home the gold medal. A leader on and off the court, the
West Virginia native’s commitment to the community is reflected in his Point
of Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of
children and their families. Follow Deron socially on twitter @deronwilliams
and Facebook at

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About Barclays Center

Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and
entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by
Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and
designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM
( and SHoP Architects (, Barclays
Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into
a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class
amenities. Barclays Center offers approximately 18,000 seats for basketball
and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four
bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.

Barclays Center is scheduled to host an extensive variety of events, including
premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college
basketball, family shows, professional hockey, and the Brooklyn Nets. Some of
the special programming includes JAY Z, who opened the building on September
28 with the first of his eight concerts, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli,
Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Journey, Leonard Cohen, The Who, Bob Dylan
and His Band with Special Guest Mark Knopfler, Rush, John Legend, THE SMASHING
PUMPKINS, Green Day, UB40, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Hezekiah
Walker, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The King’s Men gospel concert with Kirk
Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton, 2012 Verizon’s
How Sweet the Sound™, Russell Peters, Caribbean Fever Music Festival, the
Barclays Center Classic men’s college basketball tournament, Atlantic 10 Men’s
Basketball Championship, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, Kellogg’s^® Tour of Gymnastics Champions,
and  the New York Masters equestrian show jumping. Current programming
alliances with Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld
Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for
Barclays Center include American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express,
Calvin Klein, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino,
GEICO, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, and Ticketmaster. Other sponsors include:
adidas, Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, HighPoint
Solutions, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, SONY, and

Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays
Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus

For more information on Barclays Center, please visit


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