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By NICK NICHOLAS
Kentucky fans, like most college basketball followers, will get their first look at the Barclays Center Friday night in Brooklyn. Thus it will be a new experience for Wildcat fans getting to the new home of Brooklyn Nets for the inaugural Barclays Center Classic doubleheader.
The first game between Morehead State and LIU Brooklyn tips off at 5:45 p.m. followed by No. 3 Kentucky against Maryland at 8:30 p.m.. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m.
Mass transit transportation to the Barclays Center located at 620 Atlantic Avenue is close to being on a regular schedule following Hurricane Sandy.
Kentucky fans staying in midtown Manhattan should take the No. 4 Subway from Grand Central Terminal with a direct route to the Barclays Center (exit the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop). Normal service also has resumed on the Nos. 2, 3, 5 D, N and Q lines, all stopping at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station in both directions.
Fans staying on Long Island can take the MTA Long Island Rail Road, but note it’s running on a modified schedule to Atlantic Avenue Terminal.
For further information and arrival and departure times for mass transit transportation click on www.mta.info.
Those fans arriving by taxi can stop at either to Atlantic Ave. between Fort Green Pl. and Sixth Avenue; Flatbush Ave. between Atlantic Ave. and Pacific St.; or Dean St. between Flatbush and 6th Ave. If driving to the Barclays Center you can park at one of 15 pre-paid lots operated by Click and Park (www.barclayscenter.com) or park in one of 18 locations within a half mile of the facility.
Kentucky fans flying are urged to keep an eye on today’s weather in the New York City metropolitan area. Forecasters are calling for a nor’easter to hit the area this afternoon.