Sports and Subways Just Go Together

In New York City, mass transit goes with sports venues like, well, Cracker Jack and hot dogs go with baseball. The latest example is the opening of the sparkling, new Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station entrance in Downtown Brooklyn. The entrance will serve customers of nine subway lines and is located just steps away from the new arena, making it a convenient link for all headed to the bustling venue.

The new entrance is situated at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues and with a clean design, gleaming tile and expansive mezzanine, is a fitting gateway to the new sports arena. Served by the MTA's subways, buses and the Long Island Rail Road, the new arena will be easy to reach from anywhere in the region.

For obvious reasons, the thinking that situates stadiums and arenas adjacent to mass transit is not new. From the beginning of the 19th Century through today, there is no safer and more efficient way to move large crowds to and from events than mass transit.

From the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, the Ninth Avenue Elevated and IND Concourse subway lines carried New York Giants baseball fans headed to the Polo Grounds at Manhattan's Coogan's Bluff. Both lines had stops at 155th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Later, Shea Stadium and now Citi Field were both in the shadow of the Flushing Line elevated structure and right next to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). Famously, until 1957, the Brooklyn (trolley) Dodgers played their home games at Ebbets Field, just blocks away and a pleasant summer's walk from the Brighton Line's Prospect Park Station.

In the Bronx, Yankee fans trek to the Stadium on the subway via the Jerome Line and the Concourse Line and Metro North Railroad. In fact, the old stadium was so close to the Manhattan-bound elevated platforms, you could see the field.

Driving to Knicks and Rangers home games at Madison Square Garden? Forget about it! Customers are well served by the Seventh and Eighth Avenue Lines, the LIRR and NJ Transit. If it happens to be raining, you won't even get wet.

Using mass transit is the easiest way to travel to and from games and major events. The MTA is the acknowledged expert in getting folks to the games and back home again. After major events, additional train service is scheduled to help move crowds quickly and efficiently.

It looks like the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station is going to be the beginning of a fresh take on a very old New York City tradition.