Michael Kimmelman held off on reviewing the stadium until he had a chance to go inside. Now that he has he calls the arena "a hunkered-down, hunchbacked, brooding sight at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues."
He calls the rusty exterior "a digital-age extrusion of hard-core industrial glamour."
But Kimmelman praises the stadium's interior, from the court to the sound system.
" No, this isn’t a beautiful or ingratiating building, but it’s technologically smart."
Pre-opening reviews of the arena weren't glowing either. The Real Deal's James Gardner called the arena "tawdry and uninspired."
The New Yorker's Alexandra Lange said she reacted in "dismay" to how the Barclays just didn't fit in with the rest of Atlantic Avenue.
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