Soon, the Nets will not have to cross two rivers to get to their practice facility, as the team is building a new training center on the Brooklyn waterfront. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
An industrial building on the Sunset Park waterfront will soon house a world-class training facility for the Brooklyn Nets.
"I got to see it September, and I think when you look at the views and the blueprint of what they're trying to do, it's going to be beautiful," said Nets head coach Jason Kidd.
Kidd is talking about views from the top floor. The 15-foot ceilings will be raised to 34 feet, and when renovations are complete, the 70,000-square-foot space will include two courts, a multimedia theater and a rooftop lounge.
"It'll be unbelievable," said Nets forward Mason Plumlee. "I mean, having a rooftop lounge, that's crazy."
The $40 million training center located on 39th Street will be named for the Hospital for Special Surgery, which bought the naming rights.
"Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to combine our expertise with that of the Brooklyn Nets training staff and work with them to help achieve their goals, to prevent injuries," said Louis Shapiro, the CEO of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
The Nets moved to Brooklyn two years ago, but they've been practicing in New Jersey. This new location is about three miles from Barclays Center.
Brett Yormark, the CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, said the move to have all its operations in Brooklyn shows their commitment to the borough and the community.
"Our organization will be expanding its role in the neighborhood by offering job shadow programs, internships and Barclays Center job fairs for Sunset Park residents," Yormark said.
The building is in an area of Sunset Park called Industry City, which is made up of 16 warehouses for creative and tech businesses. The Nets' design keeps an industrial look but in a state-of-the-art facility that the team hopes will also serve as a recruiting tool.
"Having this view, there's no other NBA city that will have a place like this," said Nets general manager Billy King.
"Attracting free agents, now they'll have to bring all those guys back in and show off the new place," Plumlee said. "But who wouldn't want to work in a place like this?"
The Nets said they'll be using the practice facility for the 2015-2016 season.