Barclays Center Vows to Support Hourly Employees Amid Event Cancellations

Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets and countless entertainment and sports events. Not only is the NBA season canceled, but New York State banned social gatherings of over 500 people. This means the arena is out of business during the coronavirus pandemic.

A lot of employers and corporations aren’t covering paid leave but Barclays pledges to support their hourly employees who are the “bedrock of the fan experience” and would be experiencing financial burden following the cancellation and postponement of all the upcoming events.

“Hourly employees at Barclays Center are the bedrock of the fan experience in the arena,” reads a statement released by the Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets on Saturday (March 14). “Whether it’s a big smile as fans enter the building or keeping the seats clean or making sure the concession stands are stocked with your favorite items, they are on the frontlines to make our fans feel special. They keep the lights on and the house clean, and they are the first ones to arrive and last ones to leave the building.”

The statement continues to ensure the Barclays Center will commit to “provide relief to hourly employees for the paychecks they would have earned if Brooklyn Nets regular season games and non-Nets events at Barclays Center were to continue as originally scheduled.”

Read the Barclays Center’s statement in full below: